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Angelo Xiang Yu, Winner of the Prestigious Menuhin Violin Competition, to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 at ESO Concerts January 7 & 8

Dec 22, 2016 10:03AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

“His tone is exquisite; his technique is superhuman...he becomes one with the violin,” said a recent review of violinist Angelo Xiang Yu. The 2010 winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Mr. Yu will appear with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra on January 7 & 8 performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Even though composed in 1917, the piece made its premiere at the Paris Opera House on 18 October 1923.  The work, with its romantic and lush melodies, was not well-received by the Paris audience who had come to expect a more modern sound, like Stravinsky’s unique Octet for brass and woodwind, which also made its premiere on that very same program. Octet will also be performed at these ESO concerts. In fact, the January ESO program is an exact replica of that performance 94 years ago, which also included Beethoven’s triumphant Eroica Symphony. Tickets start at only $30.  Student tickets $12. There is convenient free parking or valet service.  Music Director Andrew Grams will give a pre-concert chat one hour before the concert and Saturday concertgoers are invited after the performance to Mingle with the Musicians at the Elgin Public House.  For concert tickets, call 847-888-4000 or visit Elgin Symphony.Org

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical talent have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements and chamber music performances. In addition to winning First Prize as well as the Bach and Audience Prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Mr. Yu was awarded 3rd prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011 and was the youngest prize winner at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2006.

In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include appearances with the Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Houston symphonies, as well as with the North Carolina, Alabama, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Modesto, Tucson, Elgin, Binghamton and Lake Forest symphonies. In the summer of 2016, he participated for the second season in a row in Portland, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest festival and made his debut at the Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California. Internationally, he has appeared with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Auckland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston. He has participated as a chamber musician in several of the world’s leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Bergen Festival in Norway and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Perlman Music Program in New York. During the 12/13 season, Mr. Yu was invited to tour with Miriam Fried and chamber musicians from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute and performed concerts in New York, Chicago, Florida and throughout New England. He was also recently featured as the Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s nationally broadcast radio program Performance Today.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Yu earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship in Violin and was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and served as the teaching assistant of Donald Weilerstein. He was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s most prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.