Cynthia Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal percussionist in June 2007. She previously served as principal percussionist for the San Diego Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2007.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Cynthia Yeh received a bachelor of music performance degree from the University of British Columbia and a master of music performance degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Abel. She has received grants and awards from the Canada Council Grant for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award and Charles Owen Memorial Scholarship (1998).
Yeh has been featured as a soloist on Chicago’s WFMT program Live from Levin Studio. She regularly performs with the CSO’s MusicNOW ensemble as well as with various chamber ensembles throughout Chicago. She has given master classes and clinics all over the United States and Canada, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Northwestern University, New World Symphony, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, University of Michigan and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 2009, Yeh served on the faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and will be judging the OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal this fall.