• Xiaoqing Yu
    Xiaoqing Yu,
    Associate Professor of Violin

    B.A., Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
    M.M. Manhattan School of Music
    M.M. University of South Carolina
    Email: xyu@leeuniversity.edu

    A native of China and a graduate of Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Xiaoqing Yu studied violin with legendary professor Yaoji Lin. In fall of 1986, Yu came to the United States under the invitation of prominent violin professor Rafael Bronstein and received the Manhattan Scholarship to Manhattan School of Music in New York, N.Y. While in New York, he served as Co-Principal Second Violin of the National New Composition Orchestra and the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra. Yu performed in numerous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. He was also a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to the United States, he performed throughout China with various groups, including the National Symphony.

    Yu is now in his ninth year as Associate Professor of Music, teaching violin, viola, chamber music, and serving as director of the Lee University Chamber Strings at the School of Music at Lee University. Yu is in his 20th season as Concertmaster of the Greenville Symphony and his 19th season with Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, a ten-week annual summer opera festival in New York. While in the U.S., Yu has performed with world-renowned performers, such as Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nadja Sonnenberg, Pavarotti, Emmanuel Ax, Andrew Watts, Joshua Bell, Midori Goto, Sarah Chang, Yo-Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky, Ofra Harnoy and Glenn Dicterow, among others.

    Prior to joining the Greenville Symphony, he served as principal second violinist of the American Chamber Orchestra, performing in nearly 100 European cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Luxembourg, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Florence and Sienna, among others. Over the years, he has been a very active chamber music player, performing with various chamber music groups in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. He has worked with and coached closely by members of the Cleveland and Emerson String Quartets. He was a featured performer on New York's famed classical radio station, WQXR, and on WFLN, Philadelphia's classical station. Both performances were broadcast live nationwide on primetime.

    Performing, chamber music coaching, and master class tours have taken Yu to China and Asia every summer since 2002. He has given master classes in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Seoul and Dague (South Korea), and Chinese top conservatories in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Sichuan, Xian, Shenzhen, Nanjing and Hangzhou, as well as many university music conservatories. In the summer of 2012, Yu toured with cellist Maria Martinez of Chicago and pianist Sin-Hsing Cai of Chattanooga and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with symphony orchestras in Qingdao, Lanzhou, and Harbin, China.

    Yu has performed Mozart's Violin Concerti No. 1, 3, 4 and 5 as a soloist, as well as works by Bruch, Saint-Saëns, Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Vivaldi and Piazzola with various symphony orchestras. His recordings include Six Violin Sonatas by Rossini, Janácek's Suite for String Orchestra; Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet and Schoenberg's Transfigured Night on Swiss label Clave with the American Chamber Orchestra.

Music Events Calendar

2/10
Faculty Recital: Steve Benne, double bass & Phillip Thomas, piano and harpsichord
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Squires Recital Hall - Humanities Center
Faculty Recital: Steve Benne, double bass & Phillip Thomas, piano and harpsichord

The program will include pieces by G.F. Handel, Charles Gounod, J.S. Bach, and Robert Schumann.

Steve Benne, instructor of double bass at Lee, is principal double bassist with the Knoxville...

2/12
School of Music Major Auditions
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School of Music Major Auditions
For more information, please contact McKenna Fetzer at mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
2/13
Honor Choir Concert
Begins at 3:00 PM | Live Stream | Read more

Conn Center
Honor Choir Concert
150 11th Street NE
2/14
Chamber Strings Concert
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Pangle Hall
Chamber Strings Concert

340 Church Street NE

Chamber Strings, conducted by Xiaoqing Yu, will present an entertaining program entitle “A Sweetheart Valentine.” Join us with your sweetheart for this event.

2/15
School of Music Major Auditions
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School of Music Major Auditions
For more information, please contact McKenna Fetzer at mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
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