Faculty & Staff
Yen Yu grew up in China and studied violin with her father at an early age. She entered Wu Han Conservatory of Music at age 14 under the tutelage of Xin-Min Zhou. In 1982, Yu was chosen by Dorothy Delay as her first Chinese student from mainland China after the Cultural Revolution. Yu studied with her as a full scholarship student at University of Cincinnati and the Juilliard School, where Yu also received her degrees. Yu also studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus, Masao Kawasaki, and Robert Murray, and has spent many summers at the Aspen, Grand Teton, and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Yu is an active chamber musician and recitalist, with one of her recitals being named “Best Chamber Concert of The Year” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Yu has performed as a soloist with orchestras in China, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.
She was a core member of the Richmond Symphony for over 10 years before moving to New Jersey with her husband, Honggang Li, of the Shanghai Quartet. In addition, Yu has served on the faculty at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.