Triple-prized winner of the 2013 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. As a soloist, he has performed with New York Classical Players, Aspen Festival, Art Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan, and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Artist-in-residence in New Asia Chamber Music Society as well as PhiloSonia concert series, Mr. Yiu’s chamber music has taken him around the world in festivals such as Sounds of Lyons, Málaga Clásica, Moritzburg, Music@Menlo, Verbier, Aspen, and Sarasota Music Festivals. Mr. Yiu is also a founding member of the Ben Feng Music Festival in Taiwan, a chamber music series currently in its third season that has been recently hailed as “a classical music gem” by Liberty Times Taiwan. He has collaborated with such esteemed artists as 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.
On top of winning the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, and University of British Columbia Concerto Competition, Mr. Yiu has also won top prizes from the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Lima Symphony Competition, Verbier Prize, as well as receiving the Best Viola Performance Award in Kingsville International Competition. 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, andthe 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. He is currently a substitute violist with New York City Ballet as well as New York Philharmonic. Continued involvement with education outreach programs has led Mr. Yiu to lecture and perform in New York Public Library’s Morrisania Branch, BC Children’s Hospital in Canada, as well as performances in Selby Public Library in Florida, the Discovery Program for children in Verbier Festival, the Family Concert (with story-telling/music segments) in Dresden’s Volkswagen Die Gläserne Maufaktur with the Moritzburg Festival, Family Concert Series in Beng Feng Festival in Taiwan, and mentorship with selected young performers in Music@Menlo’s Young Performers Program. Mr. Yiu’s performances has led him to venues such as Chan Center, Orpheum Theatre, and Michael J. Fox Theatre in Vancouver, Canada; Auditorio Ciudad de León, Teatro Cervantes, Museo Interactivo de la Musica, and Teatro Echegaray in Spain; Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, Menlo-Atherton, Stent Hall, and Martin Hall in California; Salle Médran, Salle Vallésia, and Église in Verbier, Switzerland; Sondershausen’s Palace Garden, Bad Elster’s King Albert Theatre, and Dresden’s Volkswagen Die Gläserne Maufaktur in Germany; Cherry Orchard and Erin Arts Center in Isle of Man, UK; Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, and David Koch Theater in Lincoln Center; and Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, and Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. Media coverage includes performances in Verbier Festival Orchestra on Medeci.tv, interviews/performances on WSHU Public Radio, WLIO-NBC News Lima, Radio Korea New York, Liberty Times, Ministry of Culture, TTNews, and CTS News in Taiwan, Talentvision and Fairchild Television in Vancouver, Music@Menlo Live, and BBC News in the UK. Mr. Yiu’s live recording of Nataliya Medvedovskaya’s Fantasy for Viola and Piano can also be heard on WQXR Radio and ArkivMusic. As a recipient of the coveted Jerome L. Greene Fellowship, Mr. 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. He is grateful to have been under the influence of such an array of artists: He has performed in masterclasses for Misha Amory, Yuri Bashmet, James Dunham, Gilad Karni, Kim Kashkashian, Daniel Phillips, Maxim Rysanov, Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, Steve Tenenbaum, Lars-Anders Tomter, Geraldine Walther, andBarbara Westphal, chamber music coachings with Nancy Allen, Theodore Arm, Jane Coop, Glenn Dicterow, David Dolan, Pamela Frank, Wu Han, Gilbert Kalish, Laurence Lesser, Teng Li, Jerome Lowenthal, Curtis Macomber, Nicholas Mann, Gábor Takács- Nagy, Paul Neubauer, Matti Raekallio, Rena Sharon, Rohan De Silva, Jan Vogler, Eric Wilson, Jasper Wood, and Emerson and Pacifica Quartets, as well as private studies with Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman, Nicholas Cords, Karen Dreyfus, Lawrence Dutton, David Harding, Hsin-Yun Huang, Masao Kawasaki, and Robert Vernon.