Faculty & Staff
Born and raised in Hunan, China, Yu Ouyang started her career as a violinist at age thirteen. She has performed in numerous venues worldwide such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Hong Kong Concert Hall. As a soloist, she has the unique talent to influence audiences with her passionate and warm-hearted playing.
Ms. Ouyang’s outstanding playing skill and leadership makes her as a concertmaster in several orchestras, including Asian Young Orchestra, Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.
Beyond being a soloist, her easy-going personality and creative musical ideas open the opportunity for her to be the first violinist with diverse chamber groups, including string quartets, piano trios and clarinet quintets. The genre of chamber music she performs is not only limited to classical music but also contemporary music too. In 2013, she performed Tan Dun’s Water Havens. Tan Dun complimented on her outstanding performance, “You are a violinist with talent, creative and passion”. In 2018, Ms. Ouyang and her friends, Alexander Bui (piano) and Jiun-ru Wang (cello) found The Raritan Trio. Later, they won the 1st Place in Charleston Classical Music Competition in 2021 and the 3rd Place in The American Prize in 2019.
Being a passionate and energetic teacher, Ms. Ouyang teaches a wide variety of students, ranging from young kids to adults, and as small as individual lessons to large group classes in both Shanghai and New Jersey. Before pursuing her Doctoral degree, she was a violin instructor of several music institutes including Shanghai Kang Chiao International School and Shanghai Qixiang Music Center.