Born in Shanghai, China, Ying Fu joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as associate concertmaster at the start of the 2013-14 season. He has been a prizewinner of many violin competitions, most recently First Prize at the 31st Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy in September 2012; he also won four Special Prizes at that Competition. Mr. Fu won the top prizes at the 2011 Schmidbauer International Competition, the 2011 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, the 2009 Washington International Music Competition, the 2008 HAMS Violin Competition in Chicago, the Golden Bell Violin Competition in China, and the Ruth Burr Awards Instrumental Competition in Houston. He was also the semi-finalist in the 2005 Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris and was a participant in the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium.
With his great enthusiasm for chamber music, Mr. Fu has participated in many renowned summer music festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, the Cascade Head Music Festival in Oregon, and the Taos Chamber Music Festival, working with such musicians as Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Wiley, Kim Kashkashian, Soovin Kim, Samuel Rhodes, Michael Tree, the Borromeo String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, and Robert McDonald.
Mr. Fu has served as concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony, with which he has performed under Christoph Enchenbach and Valery Gergiev, as well as of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestra under Larry Rachleff. He has also been a jury member of many young artist music competitions and a faculty member of the Calvin String Summit in Michigan.
Mr. Fu started to learn violin at the age of 3. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and earned his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where he studied with Sergiu Luca. After two years of studying with Cho-Liang Lin and Mr. Luca in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Shepherd School, Mr. Fu joined the first violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra in August 2011.
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