Xinyi Xu, Viola

Xinyi Xu, Viola

Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “rich-toned solos,” 2015 Tokyo International Viola Competition semi-finalist Xinyi Xu is passionately engaged as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violist. A regular guest violist withthe Philadelphia Orchestra, she most recently performed under the batons of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andris Nelsons, Ken-David Masur, and Charles Dutoit. She was a Fellowship Artist at the Tanglewood Music Center, and had previously participated in New York String Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jamie Laredo, performing at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Ms. Xu served as principal violist for Bard Conservatory Orchestra’s Greater China Tour (2012), which spanned seven cities, and appeared as a soloist with pianist Melvin Chen in Shanghai Grand Theater. Ms. Xu was a fellowship recipient at Aspen Music Festival and School in 2011, and served as principal violist in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra. In 2010, Ms. Xu was invited to Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Salzau, Germany, and toured with the orchestra academy throughout Germany and Eastern Europe under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Christopher Hogwood and David Geringas. A prolific chamber musician, Ms. Xu recently toured with international violinist Sarah Chang, and has participated in Yellow Barn Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, among others. As a member of Cicada Chamber Players, she recorded with musicians from the New York region for the Bridge label. She has worked with renowned artist-teachers including Emmanuel Ax, Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin, Ira Weller, Steve Tenenbom, and members from the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, and Shanghai string quartets. She has performed chamber music with Leon Fleisher, Michael Kannen, Kathy Murdock, and appears regularly in recital with her husband, concert pianist Michael Bukhman. Ms. Xu had performed in Bard’s “Music
Alive!” series, featuring music by living composers and directed by Joan Tower, with whom she studied composition. Equally passionate as a teacher, Ms. Xu was recently invited to present a masterclass in Soochow University in Taipei, and has been actively teaching outreach programs through the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She has taught at the Peabody Institute’s preparatory program and privately in Baltimore and Boston. She regularly coaches the chamber orchestra of the No.14 High School in her hometown of Hangzhou, China, and under her guidance the orchestra has won first prizes in the China National Competition for the past three consecutive years. Ms. Xu holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from Bard College Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from Bard College, and a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, where she was the teaching assistant of Prof. Ettore Causa. She has pursued further graduate studies under the tutelage of CJ Chang at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and currently resides in Fort Worth, TX with her husband and son.

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