Chieh-Fan (Jay) Yiu, viola
Triple-prized winner of the Lionel Tertis Competition, including Yuri Bashmet’s President Of The Jury Prize, Taiwanese-born Canadian Chieh-Fan Yiu has established himself as one of the most exciting young violists on the international stage today.
Artist-in-residence in Philosonia, Lisker Music Foundation, and New Asia Chamber Music Society, Dr. Yiu's performances have also taken him around the world in festivals such as Málaga Clásica, Music@Menlo, Moritzburg, Verbier, Aspen, and Sarasota Music Festivals. He is also a founding member of Ben Feng Music Festival in Taiwan, now in its sixth season. His solo engagements have included Aspen Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Academy Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony, and UBC Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with Thomas Bergen, Colin Carr, David Cohen, Nicholas Cords, Pedro R. Díaz, Alan Kay, Tessa Lark, Frank Morelli, Alfredo Muro, Paul Neubauer, Sasha Sitkovetsky, Josu De Solaun, Carol Wincenc, as well as the Volta Piano Trio and the Emerson Quartet.
An eclectic musician, Dr. Yiu has worked closely with Ensemble For The Romantic Century, whose unique productions meld all forms of art into a cohesive unity by combining fully staged plays with live chamber music and elaborate visual designs. He has starred in such multi-media productions as ‘The Dreyfus Affair’ and ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’, the latter of which The New York Times described as musically “ravishing.”
As a recipient of the coveted Jerome L. Greene Fellowship, Dr. Yiu completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, followed by Doctorate of Music degree from Stony Brook University, having been under the tutelage of mentors like Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Kim Kashkashian, as well as the great Emerson Quartet.
Media coverage of Dr. Yiu’s performances and interviews include Music@Menlo Live, medici.tv broadcast from Switzerland, and BBC News in the UK. Mr. Yiu’s live recording of Nataliya Medvedovskaya’s Fantasy for Viola and Piano can be heard on WQXR Radio and ArkivMusic.