Yue Yu was born in Shenzhen, China, in 1997. She studied with Dr Louise Lansdown at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire before she moved to Austria in 2019 to pursue her master's degree at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Professor Thomas Riebl.
Since 2017, Yue Yu began to appear at international competition stages. Mostly recently, she became the 1st prize winner of the Paul Hindemith Viola Concorso (2021) in Salzburg. She is also winner of 2019 Stockport International Young Musician Competition, recipient of the Sonata Prize at 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition (awarded a £5000 silver mounted bow by P. Guillaume). She currently holds a position in the Yeoman programme at the Worshipful Company of Musicians, London, and is a scholar at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein.
Yue Yu is also very passionate about chamber music making. Being spontaneous is an important musical quality for her in every aspect of chamber music playing. Among others, she has so far had the privilege to collaborate with pianist Pavel Gililov, violinist Krysia Osostowitz, the string players from Primrose Piano Quartet and Amatis Piano Trio. In a particular fond collaboration with pianist Anthony Hewitt and violinist Jeffrey Armstrong, Yue Yu recorded her debut album with record label NAXOS in September 2019, including music by British composers York Bowen, Imogen Holst and Benjamin Britten.
Yue Yu currently plays on a modern viola (2015) by French Luthier Antoine Gourdon that won the International Viola Making Prize “Renaud Stahl in 2016, Paris”, with a golden mounted bow by Pierre Guillaume.
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last updated: May 2021
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