Yue Yu was born into a non-musical family in 1997, Shenzhen, China. Her dad is a renowned TCM doctor. She started having violin lessons since 6 years old and switched to viola at 12. She went to the Music School affiliated to Xinghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 15 and studied viola with Professor Hou, Donglei. In 2015, She moved to England and spent 4 years in Birmingham, studying with Louise Lansdown for her BMus (Hons) degree of viola performance 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.
Yue was one of the five finalists in the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition where she performed Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher with orchestra and was awarded the Bishop Instruments and Bows Prize with a £5000 silver mounted Guillaume bow for her semi-final round's performance of York Bowen’s Viola Sonata in C minor.
Yue has particular interests in the highly romantic music by British composer York Bowen. As a contributor at the 45th International Viola Congress, she gave a recital of the composer’s music in collaboration with renowned pianist Anthony Hewitt in Rotterdam and received many complimentary feedbacks. More recently, Yue recorded her debut solo album with Naxos Label, collaborating also with pianist Anthony Hewitt and with her long-term chamber music partner, violinist Jeffrey Armstrong. This CD includes many short pieces for viola and piano by York Bowen - Melodies and Romances, Allegro De Concert, unpublished 3 duos that is for violin and viola, and one not very often-heard big late work Rhapsody for viola & piano. Alongside, there is Britten’s Waltz (a movement from the violin suite op.6, arranged by Britten himself) and Holst’s duo and four easy pieces. It is aiming to release at some point in 2020.
As a chamber musician and viola soloist, she has performed in some of the remarkable concert venues internationally, like Symphony Hall, Town Hall, Bradshaw Hall in Birmingham, Wigmore Hall in London, Stockport Town Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, Solitär Hall in Salzburg, and some in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and China.
In February 2019, Yue performed Bartók’s Viola Concerto (revised version) for the first time with RBC Symphony Orchestra and she was rewarded with some highly positive feedback. By having delivered another successful performance of the same concerto a month later with Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Yue became the winner of the 2019 Stockport International Young Musicians Competition.
Yue is an enthusiast of chamber music. She particularly enjoys spontaneous musical communications and inspirations from other musicians. She especially loved the experience performing Mendelssohn and Enescu octets for a project at RBC, of which the 2 public performances that took place in Birmingham in March 2019, both received heartfelt compliments. Yue has also attended several chamber music festivals, such as Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Ulverston Music Festival. Within which, she thoroughly enjoyed the collaborations with renowned musicians such as violinist Krysia Osostowicz, and the Primrose Piano Quartet. She had been a member of the Constanze Quartet based in Salzburg from November 2019 to April 2020, which had toured to Spain and received great feedbacks.
Yue is currently a Yeoman at the Musicians’ Company, London, a consequent reward for being nominated by the RBC as the representative of the institution to receive the 2017 Silver Medal. Elsewhere, she also received scholarship at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy.
Yue's instrument is a modern viola by French Luthier Antoine Gourdon, 2015, which had won the International Viola Making Prize “Renaud Stahl in 2016, Paris”; she plays it with a golden mounted French bow by P. Guillaume.
Last updated: June 2020
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