Qing Hou has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1997. A native of China, she attended the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before coming to the United States in 1988 to continue her studies. She holds degrees from the Peabody Institute and the New England Conservatory. Before joining the CSO, Hou was a member of the San Francisco Symphony. An avid chamber musician, she has performed for the Andover Chamber Music Society and at festivals in Madison, Napa, El Paso and Sun Valley. She has been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and regularly appears in the Chicago area with various ensembles. In 1997, she founded the Lincoln Quartet with her sister, CSO violin Lei Hou, and CSO viola Lawrence Neuman (now Qing’s husband).
As a soloist, Qing Hou has appeared with orchestras in the cities of Boston, Baltimore and Chicago, and in China. In the fall of 2003, she made her first appearance with the Orchestra as soloist, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major conducted by Daniel Barenboim.