Artist Bio

Yi Qun Xu, cello

Chinese-born cellist Yi Qun Xu has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States. She currently studies with Timothy Eddy at the Juilliard School, where she is the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Xu previously studied with Laurence Lesser and Ronald Leonard at New England Conservatory Preparatory and at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. She has participated in many festivals, including the Perlman Music Program, the Four Seasons Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, Kneisel Hall, Orford Arts Centre, and the Piatigorsky Cello Festival. Yi Qun Xu came to the United States after studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, during which time she won multiple top prizes in national cello competitions. Additionally, she has received many honors, including second place at the Juilliard Concerto Competition as well as First Prize in the Seventh Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia, the ASTA National Solo Competition, and the Wellesley Concerto Competition. As a passionate chamber musician, she has collaborated with many artists, including her mentors Itzhak Perlman, Ani Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Hsin-Yun Huang, Mark Kaplan, Merry Peckham, Jon Kimura Parker, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Ébène quartets. In addition to attending Music@Menlo this summer, she will attend the Perlman Music Program and the Olympic Music Festival.