July 4 - 13
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Flutist Christine Yu as a young gifted performer, has been renowned for her brilliant sound and unique character. Her perfect musical interpretations as the principal flutist of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra have comforted countless music enthusiasts.
Receiving training in Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst and Conservatoire nationale Superieur musiqueet danse de Lyon ,enabling Yu to brings together German and Austrian traditions with French flute styles. After receiving a first prize in Taiwan National Student Music Competition for category flute solo, she studied abroad with scholarship to the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst. She pursued doubled majors in piano and flute at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, studying under Wolfgang Schulz and Barbara Gisler, principal flutists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and studied piano under E. Marzek, Hans Graf, C. Adent-Graf, and J. Ossberger.
During her undergraduate studies in Vienna, she joined the “Ensemble Vienna Flutist” in concert tours and recorded CDs.
After receiving a diploma of flute education from the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in 1986 and received another premier diploma of flute performance with honor in 1987, Ms. Yu studied under Alain Marion in Paris. At the same time she attended the Conservatoire nationale Superieur musique et danse de Lyon and Conservatoire musique de Geneve and further developed her skills with Maxence Larrieu and passed the graduation exam and received the advanced diploma from the Conservatoire musique de Geneve in 1989. She also attended master classes of Peter-Lukas Graf, Michel Debost, Aurele Nicolet, and Andras Adorjan.
During the period of studying in Europe, Ms. Yu peformed Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto with the Orchestra from the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.
After returning to Taiwan she received the honor and was invited to appear on the “Young Star Series” presented by the National Concert Hall. She also performed flute duets with her mentor Alain Marion at the National Concert Hall. Being invited as the flute soloist, she traveled to Budapest to record with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra. She was subsequently invited to perform a solo concert in NCH. In 2008, Ms. Yu performed Doppler’s double flute concerto with international renowned flutist Patrick Gallois and the Taipei Symphopny Orchestra. Ms. Yu is currently the principal flute of Taipei Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Taipei Woodwind Quintet.
Her extensive repertoire includes flute concertos by Bach, Mozart, Khachaturian, Reinecke, Jolivet, Devienne, Otaka, and more, covering classical, romantic, and modern styles. Ms. Yu’s musical expertise has earned international acclaim. Invited to perform at the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Leipzig, Germany and Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria, and Pablo Casals Music Festival in France, she has also conducted master classes.
In the area of music education, Ms. Yu has contributed with great effort and influenced many with her enthusiasm. She is an Associate Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University of Arts, Soochow University, and Fu Jen Catholic University.
Ms. Yu has dedicated her talents through tireless efforts and promotion of flute playing. She has continually present concerts with the title “Classical series of flute” since 1995. In 2007 she established the “YU Flute choir”, regularly holds flute music camps and master classes, in order to popularize the art of flute playing and appreciation of flute music.