Yue Yu was born in Shenzhen, China, in 1997. She studied with Louise Lansdown for her bachelor's degree in England at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with first class in 2019. She moved to Austria in the same year and is now studying for her master's degree at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Professor Thomas Riebl.
Since 2017, Yue began to appear at international competition stages. She is the 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 Guillaume). She was also a live rounds participant at 2019 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition. 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.
In September 2019, Yue recorded her debut solo album with the world-leading records label Naxos, in collaboration with pianist Anthony Hewitt and violinist Jeffrey Armstrong - a compilation of short pieces by York Bowen, including 3 unpublished duos for violin and viola, and two other compositions by Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst.
Yue Yu currently plays a prize-winning instrument by French Luthier Antoine Gourdon, 2015, with a golden mounted bow by Pierre Guillaume.
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last updated: March 2020
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