Born in Shanghai, China, Yin Xiong enjoyed being a musician for as long as she can remember. Her parents, cellists themselves, enrolled her in piano lesson at age 4 and cello at age 7. At the age of 9, she enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was later admitted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as the youngest student, where she studied with Ray Wang on a full scholarship.
Yin was awarded notable prestigious prizes from an early age, including the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at the age of 15 as well as top prizes at the 4 th and 5 th National Cello Competition of China. Yin won the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts concerto competition for an unprecedented consecutive five years and collaborated with conductors such as François-Xavier Roth, Alenxander Shelly. Yin made her formal debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra when she was 17 under conductor Edo de Waart; the concert was filmed and broadcast internationally on TVB Pearl Channel. A year later she was chosen out of more than 200 students as the winner of the concerto competition at the Canton International Summer Music Academy where she performed for Li Lanqing, the then-Vice Premier of China under conductor János Fürst.
Influenced by her parents, Yin is an avid chamber and orchestral musician. As a member of the Academy String Quartet for 6 years, she served as a representative of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, gave concerts in Hong Kong, London, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium and Holland. As a member of the Hong Kong based cello ensemble, Cellistra, the ensemble presented concerts and community engagement activities in Asia. Yin is the founding cellist of the Hsin Trio, with whom she gave concerts in the United States and China. The trio also gave the American debut of the Toshio Hosokawa’s Piano Trio on Juilliard’s FOCUS! Festival for contemporary music. Admitted to Juilliard’s chamber music honors program, the trio was featured in the Juilliard Open Studio app with a segment entitled “Internalizing Tchaikovsky.” Yin had the privilege of performing with artists such as Darrett Adkins, James Dunham, David Halen while she spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School and also performed with faculty members of the Oberlin Conservatory while she was there pursuing the Artist Diploma degree.
As an experienced orchestral musician, Yin received her first job at the age of 20, joining the cello section of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and she also performed regularly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Yin has also served as the principal cellist of the Hong Kong Academy Orchestra, the Oberlin Orchestra as well as the co-principal of the Juilliard Orchestra where she had the opportunity to work with conductors Edward Gardner, Alan Gilbert, Jeffery Milarsky, Itzhak Perlman, Larry Rachleff and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She was the principal cellist of the Pacific Music Festival from 2006-2009 where she had the privilege to work with conductors Valery Gergiev, Ricardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach and Michael Tilson Thomas. While spending her summers in Aspen Music Festival and School in 2012 and 2014, Yin was a member of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
Yin has participated in many distinguished music festivals. She attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and received a fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School where she attended the prestigious Finckel – Wu Han Chamber Music Studio Program. Other festivals include Kronberg Academy, Kneisel Hall, Banff Chamber Music Residency and the Taos School of Music.
As a dedicated music educator and advocator, Yin served as a faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Macau Youth Orchestra. She was also a teaching assistant for Professor Darrett Adkins at the Oberlin Conservatory. As a Gluck Community Service Fellow at the Juilliard School, she had the opportunity to perform for and interact with the residents of hospitals, hospices, and similar institutions in the New York metropolitan area. She also taught at P.A.L.S. (Passes an Lessons Scholarship Program) while she was attending the Aspen Music Festival and school.
Yin holds a Professional Diploma With Merit from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory. She recently graduated from the accelerated Bachelor and Master of Music degree program at the Juilliard School where she studies with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick.
Besides playing the cello, Yin also enjoys playing the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She took secondary lessons with Catharina Meints at the Oberlin Conservatory and Phoebe Carrai at the Juilliard School.
Recently, she was appointed by Music Director David Robertson to join the cello section of the St. Louis Symphony.
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