Youyang Qu


Hometown: Changchun, Jilin, China
Alma maters: Mannes College: The New School for Music, Western Michigan University
Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2009 and 2013 Concerto Competition at Western Michigan University
Appearances: New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival and School
Instagram: @yoyo127
Twitter: @gnayuoy
Musical origins: I began playing violin at the age of 4 because my first violin teacher came to choose students in my Kindergarten and I was one of only two students chosen.
Most fun piece to play:  
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“New World”)
Favorite composer fact:
My birthday is the same as Mozart’s!
Favorite fact about your instrument:
His name is Dragon.
Favorite non-classical musician:
Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz
Last book read: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Favorite painting: Monet’s Waterlilies
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: It all starts with an idea and you grow into it.
Time travel destination: The Tang dynasty