New York Philharmonic
Violinist Shanshan Yao is member of the first violin section of the New York Philharmonic. Previously, she was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She recently performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Manfred Honeck. As a soloist Ms. Yao has also performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Banff Centre Chamber Orchestra, Japan’s Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra among others. In February 2009 she made her debut recital at Canada National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She was invited to appear in a special performance for former Secretary of State Colin Powell at the Eisenhower Fellowships conference in Philadelphia in 2006.
Shanshan Yao began playing violin at age 6 and enrolled at Shanghai Conservatory of Music when she was 9, where she studied with Jiyang Zhao and Qing Zheng. She continued her studies in Canada at Mount Royal Conservatory’s Academy Program under the tutelage of William van der Sloot and Xiaoming Wu. Ms. Yao received her bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and her master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers were Aaron Rosand, Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes.
Ms. Yao has won top prizes at the Hellam Young Artists Competition, Shean String Competition, Calgary Concerto Competition, Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition, Corpus Christi International Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. An active chamber musician, Ms. Yao has participated in the Aspen, Summit, and Sarasota music festivals; Music from Angel Fire; The Banff Centre; and Music@Menlo, where she served as a chamber music coach in 2009. Her piano trio won second prize in the National Music Festival in Canada in 2002.