Changchun, China, who attended the Central Conservatory of Music, the
Manhattan School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She also participated in the Blossom
Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar, in 2003 and 2004. Her teachers have included Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Marilyn McDonald, and Sylvia
In 2004, her
playing garnered a prize at the Kingsville International Competition, which
was held in Texas. She achieved similar results in 2005
at the Tuesday Musical Competition.
February 2005, she was one of several musicians to appear at the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music in a program that comprised Bela
Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 4”, Frederic Chopin’s “Andante
spianato and Grand polonaise brillante”,
Jean Hubay’s “Carmen, Fantasie Brillante,
Op. 3, No. 3”, Bohuslav Martinu’s
“Concerto for Oboe”, and highlights from Hugo Wolf’s “Morike-Lieder”.
She came in
second at the Camerata Orchestra Solo Violin
Competition in March 2006 at Indiana
University, where she
performed “Violin Concerto No. 1” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “Violin
Sonata No. 2 in A minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach.
July 2006, she and pianist Orli Shaham performed George Gershwin’s “Three
Preludes for Violin and Piano” at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
She and cellist
Stephen Fang, flautist Nadine Asin and pianist
Rita Sloan interpreted Ned Rorem’s “Bright Music” at
Harris Concert Hall on 29th July 2006.
year was out, the group she founded, the Echoi
Contemporary Music Sextet, had made their debut at
Carnegie Hall. They performed “Arpege” by Franco Donatoni
at the Kennedy
Center on 23rd
May 2009, they appeared at Conrad Prebys Music Center
in La Jolla, California, as part of the UCSD Festival
of New Music. Their recital
included George Aperghis’s “Gigante Golia”, Paolo Cavallone’s “Scendero
a patti”, Nicolas Deyoe’s
“Forced Through”, Alexandre Lunsqui’s “Glaes”,
Lewis Nielson’s “…the crisis of conscience when making
war but the need is to make love (and vice versa)...", and Ashley Pure’s “Susurrus”.
Yuncong won a
bronze trophy and $1,000 at the Chinese International Violin Competition on
31st August 2009. In
January 2010, she became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
She and her
fellow BSO musicians teamed up with clarinetist Masaharu
Yamamoto and pianist Emanuel Ax for an all-Mozart mini-tour that featured
the master’s “Quartet in F major, K. 370”, “Quintet
for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K. 581” and “Quintet for
Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E flat major, K. 370”.
In May 2010,
the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood
Festival Chorus recorded a CD entitled The
Dream Lives On: A Portrait of
the Kennedy Brothers. The
patriotic album also includes the narrative talents of Morgan Freeman, Ed
Harris, and Robert De Niro.
Roberto Abbado stood in for an ailing James Levine at
Prudential Hall on 18th March 2011 when the BSO offered up Bartok’s
“Piano Concerto No. 3” with soloist Peter Serkin, Ludwig van
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67”, and
Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 93 in D”.