THE FACTS: Born in Huainan, China. Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music; Master of Music from The Juilliard School. Prior to the Philharmonic: first violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. At the Philharmonic: Joined September 2013.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH? My dad bought some audiotapes from the music store, and one of them had Schubert’s Trout Quintet on it. I fell in love with the melodies and couldn’t stop listening to and humming them.
HOW DID YOU START PLAYING VIOLIN? When I was in kindergarten I was very active and danced and sang a lot. My teacher thought I was somewhat musical so she talked to my parents and introduced me to a violin teacher.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN? I entered the primary music school attached to the Shanghai Conservatory at the age of nine. That was when my violin teacher and parents made the decision that I would pursue being a professional musician. When I was young, I didn’t realize how much I loved music. As time went by, my love for music has deepened and now I can’t imagine not being a musician. I am truly thankful for the path they chose for me and grateful to do what I love.
MOST INSPIRING COMPOSERS? I love Brahms. I always feel his music is filled with passion, yearning, and love. I’ve read his letters to Clara Schumann: his words are so passionate. Each of his works is a masterpiece.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I love nature, walking around NYC and discovering its delicious restaurants, and cooking.
WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? Frank Sinatra, and Arthur Grumiaux playing Mozart violin concertos
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? My mom told me: “You cannot expect other people to think the way you do. You should try to think from their perspective.” I always feel that the world would have less conflict if we all had that attitude.
As of February 2016