Music

Ye-Ye plays a 1640 Albanus violin on generous loan from Mrs Sally Webb.

2020

World premiere of Bay of Laig by Fergus Hall, a piece for solo violin commissioned by the Jobson Family and Nevis Ensemble to mark the Scottish Government’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 – full story here. The piece received its broadcast premiere on Sunday 30 August on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme.

 

2019

Concertmaster – Goodenough College Ensemble (London)

 

2018

Leader – Nevis Ensemble (Scotland)

Concertmaster – J.P. Morgan Symphony Orchestra (London)

Ambassador – National Youth Orchestras of Scotland

 

2017

Oost West Thuis Niet BestNederlands Blazers Ensemble (The Netherlands)

1st Violin – Ricciotti Ensemble (The Netherlands)

Concertmaster – Metropole Orkest Academy (The Netherlands)

Soloist – European Student Orchestra Festival (Belgium)

 

2016

Leader – National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (BBC Proms, London)
Soloist: P. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44

Reviews:

  • ‘The central Andante is virtually a ‘triple concerto’, including violin and cello… Leader Ye Ye Xu provided graceful, silvery tone and there was an expressive cello contribution from [Findlay Spence].” – Classical Source

 

  • ‘The pianist was joined by orchestra leader Ye Ye Xu and the principal cellist in a delightful trio in a dreamy Andante with beautifully sensitive playing from the orchestra who leaned into the phrases as much as the soloists.’ – BachTrack

 

  • ‘Kolesnikov can do everything this colossal masterpiece requires … Its extensive solo roles for violin and cello used to be cruelly cut in the pointless abbreviation of selfish piano virtuoso Alexander Ziloti, but their final trio-union with the pianist is worth waiting for, and here came out of a central section of genuine threat and distress. Here Ye Ye Xu and Findlay Spence were rightly in the limelight…’ – The Arts Desk

1st Violin – Scottish Ensemble

1st Violin – Nationaal Jeugdorkest (The Netherlands)

 

2015

Coordination Européenne, Equipe Fondatrice – El Sistema Alsace (France)

Premier Violon SoloOrchestre Universitaire de Strasbourg (France)

UK Delegate – CONNECTT Global Youth Music Alliance (Trinidad-and-Tobago)

1st Violin/Scholar – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute Whistler (Canada)

Leader – NYOS Futures Ensemble

Co-Leader – National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (China Tour)

Assistant Tutor – NYO Inspire (Liverpool)

 

2014

Leader – Young Orchestra for London (Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle)

Solo Performance – The Bar Society of King’s College London (10th Annual Dinner)

Mentor – Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguïste (London)

 

2013

Leader – King’s College London Symphony Orchestra; King’s Opera

Co-Leader – King’s College London Chamber Orchestra

Principal Violin – University of London Symphony Orchestra

Finalist, Lord Clyde Memorial Prize (solo violin) – St Mary’s Music School (Edinburgh)

Leader – St Mary’s Music School String Quartet
Royal Northern College of Music International Chamber Music Festival (Manchester)
Performance & Masterclass

Leader, Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra
Budapest Tour

 

2012

Principal Violin – National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO):

  • Performed at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Buckingham Palace (HM Coronation Festival Gala), Sage Gateshead, Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Derry-Londonderry (City of Culture 2013), The Britten Theatre (Royal College of Music); and for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary, and New Music 20×12 (London 2012 Olympics).
  • Conductors: Vasily Petrenko, François Xavier-Roth, Paul Daniel CBE, Edward Gardner OBE, John Wilson, Simone Young.
  • Orchestral Pianist including for Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals at the Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, London.
  • NYO ‘Creative Hub’: performing new works by NYO Composers.
  • Member of the Communications Team.

John Doig Prize for String Excellence; Chamber Music Prize
St Mary’s Music School

 

2011

Junior Tutor & Ensemble Leader – St Mary’s Music School

Maths & Music Prize – St. Mary’s Music School

 

2010

Concerto Finalist – Edinburgh Competition Festival
J. Haydn Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII, No. 11

 

2009

Grade 8 Piano Distinction – Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Mark: 142

Joined the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland:

  • Performed at City Halls & Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow), Usher Hall (Edinburgh), Caird Hall (Dundee), Perth Concert Hall. Toured Poland and Ireland among others.
  • Conductors: Nicholas Collon, Peter Stark, Diego Masson, Alpesh Chauhan, Rory Macdonald, Christopher Adey among others.

 

2008

Junior Recital Prize (solo piano) – St. Mary’s Music School

Solo performance – BBC Radio 3 Pianothon (Glasgow, Mitchell Library, 11 October)
F. Chopin Nocturne in B Major Op. 32, No. 1 
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast Show

1st Prize – Moray Piano Competition
Cathedral Class (Under-16s)

 

2007

Accepted to St Mary’s Music School with bursary from the Scottish Government.

 

2003

Joined the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland.

 

2002

Joined the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain starting in their Training Orchestra and staying on till Main Orchestra in 2009.

 

2000

Accepted to the City of Edinburgh Music School, singing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. Started piano aged 5, violin aged 6.

Left in 2007.

 

1995

Born into existence…