Chieh-Fan Yiu , a Taiwanese-born Canadian, has established himself as one of the most exciting young violists on the international stage today. As a soloist, he has performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Art Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and will be the featured soloist with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra in the 2012-2013 Season. He is the winner of the 2012 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, 2008 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, and 2006 University of British Columbia Concerto Competition, and has won top prizes from the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Lima Symphony Competition, as well as receiving the Best Viola Performance Award in the 2008 Kingsville International Competition. Mr Yiu's performances has led him to festivals such as Music@Menlo, Moritzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Colin Carr, Nicholas Cords, Gilbert Kalish, Tessa Lark, and Paul Neubauer. Media coverage include performances with Verbier Festival Orchestra on Medeci.tv, interviews/performances on WLIO-NBC Lima, Talentvision and Fairchild Television in Vancouver, and Music@Menlo Live. Mr. Yiu holds bachelor's and masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman, and Hsin-Yun Huang.
Throughout his career, Mr. Yiu is grateful to have been under the influence of such an array of artists. He has performed in masterclasses for Misha Amory, James Dunham, Gilad Karni, Kim Kashkashian, Daniel Phillips, Jutta Puchhammer-Sí©dillot, Steve Tenenbaum, Lars-Anders Tomter, Geraldine Walther, and Barbara Westphal, chamber music coachings with Nancy Allen, Theodore Arm, Jane Coop, Glenn Dicterow, David Dolan, Pamela Frank, Gilbert Kalish, Laurence Lesser, Teng Li, Jerome Lowenthal, Curtis Macomber, Nicholas Mann, Gíçbor Takíçcs-Nagy, Paul Neubauer, Matti Raekallio, Rena Sharon, Rohan De Silva, Jan Vogler, Eric Wilson, Jasper Wood, and Emerson and Pacifica Quartets, and private studies with Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman, Nicholas Cords, Karen Dreyfus, Lawrence Dutton, David Harding, Hsin-Yun Huang, Masao Kawasaki, and Robert Vernon. Having completing his full-scholarship studies at The Juilliard School, Mr. Yiu is now pursuing his doctoral degree in Stony Brook University.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Yiu has performed under the baton of conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Atherton, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Andrew Litton, Nicholas McGegan, Alondra de la Parra, Andre Previn, Joseph Silverstein, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. He has performed in Carnegie Hall with the Milal Ensemble, Olympus Chamber Symphony, and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, and held principal viola positions in Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, UBC Symphony Orchestra, and Art Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Yiu's performances has led him to venues such as Chan Center, Orpheum Theatre, and Michael J. Fox Theatre in Vancouver.