Born in 1997 and raised in Shenzhen, China, Yue Yu moved abroad at the age of 18, and has lived in the UK and Austria and travelled to many countries since then. Yue recorded for Naxos for her debut album at the age of 22 and was named as one of the 2022 Classic FM’s Rising Stars. She has been awarded first prizes at Salzburg Paul Hindemith Viola Concorso, Stockport International Young Musicians Competition (for all instruments). She was also invited to play live in Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and Tokyo International Viola Competition. As a finalist in the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, she was awarded the Bishop Instruments and Bows Prize with a £5000 silver mounted Guillaume viola bow for her semi-final round's outstanding performance of York Bowen’s Viola Sonata in C minor.
During her time at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where Yue was a full scholarship undergraduate student, she has won numerous awards and prizes. In 2017, she was nominated to receive the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London as the yearly representative of the conservatoire, and two years later she received the Principal Prize from the conservatoire for outstanding contribution.
Elsewhere, she is a scholar at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and a member of Ensemble Esperanza. She also enjoys playing with Salzburg Camerata as a guest player.
Music has brought Yue to more than 10 countries on the European Continent, and South Africa, Japan and China, playing in some prestigious concert venues including Birmingham Town Hall, Symphony Hall, the RBC Bradshaw Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Solitär Saal, and Vienna Konzerthaus.
Chamber music is her greatest passion and plays an important role in Yue’s musical life. Yue especially appreciates the spontaneous communications among the music making. One of the highlights of chamber music is a live video recording of Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op.47, where she played with Prof. Pavel Gililov, and Lea Hausmann, Sam Shepherd from the Amatis Piano Trio (BBC New Generation Artist). She has also collaborated with wonderful musicians and mentors such as Thomas Riebl, Timothy Ridout, Krysia Osostowicz, William Coleman, Alice Neary, David Adams, the London Bridge Piano Trio and the Primrose Piano Quartet. Yue has participated in Prussia Cove Masterclass and Open Chamber Music, International Mendelssohn Festival, Schiermonnikoog Festival, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Ulverston International Music Festival.
Completed her 4 years of bachelor’s studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK with Dr Louise Lansdown, Yue has recently finished her master’s studies at Univeristät Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, in the class of Prof. Thomas Riebl. She is now continuing with a postgraduate study-scheme with Prof. Riebl at the same institute.
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