Xuan Shirley Yao
Xuan Yao began to learn violin at age four, studying from 2004-2010 with Weijian Tang in the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. While in Beijing, Xuan was actively performing as soloist, in string quartet, piano trio and was an assistant concertmaster of Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Xuan was accepted to Temple University in Philadelphia on a full scholarship to study with Professor Eduard Schmieder in his select international violin class at Boyer College in the Center of Performing Arts, receiving Bachelor degree in 2015 and Master degree in 2017. A recipient of the Garrigues Scholarship, Xuan currently is DMA student at Temple University, where she is a teaching assistant in Prof. Schmieder studio. While in Philadelphia, she performs actively as a chamber musician and in Symphony in C. Xuan is a prize-winner of national competitions in her native China including First Prize of Hunan Province Soloist Competition in 2002, First Prize of Chinese Junior New Artist competition, and Grand Prize of Changsha Soloist competition (2003). In USA, she received 2nd prize in Pi Kappa Lambda Competition in 2017 and was a First Prize winner of Young Talents World Festival of Performing Arts in 2018. Xuan performs in numerous international music festivals, including Mozarteum Salzburg and Summit Music Festival in New York. This is her second season with iPalpiti.