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Shu-ting Yao

Praised by Black Forest Messenger of Germany "Thrilled Violin Playing!" and "Unforgettable Performance!" violinist Shu-Ting Yao enjoys her career as a solo and chamber violinist. Her extraordinary musical talents brought her to perform in Carnegie Hall as well as many major concert venues in Europe and Asia. Notable performances of recent seasons were including the inauguration of Caroline Kennedy in Japanese Embassy, the U.S. Secretary John Kerry’s lecture in Washington DC and the National Dinner of Taiwan in Twin Oaks Estate.

Currently assistant principal second violin at the National String Symphonia, Yao also performed with many acclaimed ensembles, including Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Symphonie, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, The Symphony of the Potomac, Baltimore Philharmonic, Bel Cantanti Opera Orchestra, Toscanini New Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of DC and the Celebrated String Quartet.

A native of Taiwan, Yao began her music study with violin and piano at the age of seven. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America where she served as a full scholarship doctoral fellow as well as the teaching assistant in music theory department. She also obtains degrees from the Mannes College of Music, Peabody Conservatory and the National Taipei University of Education (NTUE). Her primary teachers include Keng-Yuen Tseng, Nina Beilina, Emil Chudnovsky and Jody Gatwood. Yao won the first prize of the NTUE concerto competition in 2001 and the Baltimore Music Club Competition in 2009. While at NTUE, she was invited to attend Aspen Music Festival and Asia Youth Orchestra. Her talent and musical sensitivity brought her to perform in Germany, France, Italy, United States as well as her home country Taiwan. Yao also attended the Masterclass of Kronberg Academy in Germany where she was mentored by Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Roby Lakatos, Daniel Hope and Ana Chumachenko. She was also the featured soloist at the Twentieth American Cardinals Dinner in Houston, TX and the 100th Anniversary of Taiwan ROC Founding Day Celebration Ceremony in Washington DC.