- Instrument: Viola
Yue Yu is a full scholarship student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with the Head of Strings, Dr Louise Lansdown. In November 2017, she was selected as a semi-finalist in the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, and also as one of the five finalists to perform Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher with the RBC Symphony Orchestra orchestra at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. As part of the competition, Yue was awarded the Bishop Instruments and Bows Prize of a £5000 silver mounted Guillaume bow for her outstanding performance of York Bowen’s Viola Sonata in C minor. Yue has received many good reviews, including a 5-star review of the concert memorializing the late Gwyn Williams (the former CBSO viola principal) where she performed Max Bruch’s Romanze with RBC String Orchestra conducted by Julian Lloyd Webber in Birmingham Town Hall. She was particularly mentioned in the review as the “richly-toned soloist” by Christopher Morley. Yue has won the Herbert Lumby Prize and the Etude Prize at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Yue is also passionate about chamber music and her quartet has given recitals in Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the Library of Birmingham and Adrian Boult Hall at the old Birmingham Conservatoire. The Fletcher Quartet, of which she is a member was also awarded the won the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize.
Yue has received great masterclass opportunities to play for many living viola legends including Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl, Tatjana Masurenko, Ettore Causa, and Simon Rowland-Jones.