Biography



Seventeen years old Melody Ye Yuan began lessons in China at the age of five with Ms. Zhao Xiao Mei and at nine came to Vancouver to study with Taras Gabora. She has already performed in six countries (Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, Russia, Austria) and the seventh took place this May 2014 in the country of her birth, China, with two recitals in Beijing and Guangzhou. Melody Ye Yuan promises to make an important solo career on the world stage. Already at the age of seventeen she has astonishingly mastered and performed a large part of the major repertoire for the violin: 18 concertos - Bach (3), Mozart (3). Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Berg, Bruch (Scottish Fantasy), Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, Bartok; 16 Sonatas – Mozart (3), Beethoven (4), Schubert, Brahms (3), Ravel, Debussy, Bartok(2), Enesco; 24 caprices by Paganini; 3 Bach solo sonatas; numerous shorter virtuoso works such as Chausson Poéme, Ravel Tzigane, Sarasate Ziguenerweisen etc. She enjoys performing numerous contemporary works (Webern, Lutoslawski, Berg, Pärt, Schnittke, Papanas, etc.) including Canadian works such as Otto Joachim's “Douze piéces pour les jeunes”.
Melody has won numerous prizes and awards, notably 1st Prize at the Yankelevitch International Violin Competition in Omsk, Russia at the age of eleven, the Gabora Prize for the best performance at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in 2012 and 2013, 2014, and first prize at the Bjorn and Lori Hareid Strings Competition 2014 at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Melody Ye Yuan’s debut with the Vancouver Symphony was Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, which took place in February 2012 with Maestro Bramwell Tovey. On March 21 and 22, 2014, she performed the second movement of the Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has been invited to perform the first movement of the Sibelius concerto with the Vancouver Symphony in March 2015. In May 2014, she gave two recitals in Beijing and Guangzhou, China. In June 2014, she gave recitals in Leipzig, Mainz and Eckelshausen in Germany and in July 2014, at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. She is also a soloist in a CD that has been recorded in August with the Mainzer Virtuosi in Germany.
Melody is performing on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin made in 1708.


“A Magnificent Launch of the Season! A large crowd - spectators were even turned away! Melody Ye Yuan had the poise of a professional and a remarkable accuracy of execution” - La journal de Prevost, Québec