She is a violinist born in TainJing, China, whose
father was a professional violin teacher who made his own violins for
children and taught them his own methods.
She attended her first school in Tainjing and then proceeded
to enter Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music in 1986. Two years later she was a winner of
the Chinese nationwide Violin Competition and in 1989 went to London and
came third in the Menuhin International Violin Competition which led to her
getting a recommendation from jurors and the chance attend the Juilliard
School of Music. Although this
was hampered by the inability of her mother to gain a visa, she travelled
to the United States alone, not knowing anyone there, and went on to be
recommended to enter the Curtis Institute of Music by her teacher at
Juilliard. She remained there for five years until 1999.
Her professional music career has seen her performing
as a solo recitalist and appearing in many concerts as 1st
Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She has also performed with Dolce Suono in their Samuel
Barber at 100: The Composer and His World and worked in a duo with her
husband, the keyboardist and composer Vitaly Kuprij.
The albums she has appeared on include VK3 by