Player Spotlight ~ Quan Yuan ~ Violin

Opus 710, Storioni 1795

"Mr.Cox's violins are extraordinary among the newly made instruments today, with a great tone, deep and colorful sound, and comfortable to play. To play his instruments is always an enjoyable experience. "

Violinist Quan Yuan

Quan Yuan has shown himself to be an accomplished and versatile young soloist. He is the winner of China International Young Artist Competition in 2006, winner of the 2006 Delaware Symphony Orchestra young artist competition, winner of the 2000 Denmark International Young Artist Competition, second prize winner of the 2001 China Classical Sonata Competition and the 2001 Central Conservatory of Music Violin Competition.

Mr. Yuan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, and Asia. These venues includes: Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Merkin Hall, Sanders Theater, Town Hall of New York City, Calgary Leacock Hall, Field Concert Hall in Philadelphia, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Concert Hall, Beijing Century Theater, Concert Hall of the National Library of China and Xinzhuang Culture and Arts Center of Taipei. He has played concertos with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, China Youth Chamber Orchestra, Taipei Youth Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, New England Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra, NEC Wind Ensemble, NEC Bach Ensemble, and NEC Percussion Ensemble. As a chamber musician, his coaches have included members of the Borromeo, Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Takacs, and Juilliard String Quartets. Mr. Yuan has given master classes in Taipei and Beijing in 2006 and he has been a judge of the “Golden Beijing” Violin Competition since 2012. He is a faculty member at Focal Chinese Music since 2012 in Boston.

Since 2012, Mr. Yuan has been a member of the prestigious Beijing Musician Association and he has over 80 commercially successful recordings including: Passion and Capriccio I-VIII: Solo Violin, Chamber Music Concert, Violin Masterpiece Explanations and Sample for Beginners and Intermediates, and Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin: Wei Zhao and Students Concert, etc. His achievements have been reported on by major media including: Little Performer, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, ConcertoNet.com, Music Weekly, Beijing Evening Newspaper, Global Chinese Times, Chinese News Weekly Guangming Daily, Bostonese.com, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Born in Beijing, China, in 1984, Mr. Yuan began his violin studies at age 4 with Muyun Yang. At age 13, he studied with Wei Zhao in the Central Conservatory of Music. After graduating with special distinction, he traveled to the United States to become a student of Joseph Silverstein at the Curtis Institute of Music, then continued his studies with Donald Weilerstein at New England Conservatory from 2008 to 2015. In 2012, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from NEC with academic honors and now working as Mr. Weilerstein's teaching assistant. Mr. Yuan will join the violins of the Metropolitan Opera of New York City in the fall of 2015.

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