Mr FANG Yuan is a celebrated violinist and educator who heads the Association of Returning Scholars (from Europe and the the United States).
In 1984, Yuan won First Prize in the Shanghai Violin Competition, and in 1986, he was selected to represent mainland China in the capacity of a child prodigy, to tour Hong Kong and Macau. In the following years, he was appointed co-Concertmaster of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of China, Concertmaster of both the Chinese Junior Symphony Orchestra and the China Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Yuan was selected to play in the Chinese Youth Chamber Orchestra that went on to perform in twenty three cities in France. In that same year, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Oberlin College in the United States. There, Yuan was honoured as an outstanding performer, with a concert in the Kulas Hall, the live recording of which has been archived in the library at Oberlin College. His performance was acclaimed by world famous violinist Fira Nyman and Professor Taras Gabora.
In 2000, Yuan was an ambassador from the Chinese Ministry of Culture to Bosnia and Herzegovina (IPTF), where the United Nations missions and international peacekeeping forces were; he performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Bosnia-Herzegovina National Philharmonic Orchestra in Sarajevo. The performance was highly regarded by the United Nations officials and the Chinese ambassadors to Bosnia. Chinese Chief Counsellor Wu Li-yuan remarked that Yuan has made a rich cultural exchange possible, between China and Bosnia; leaving others with a good impression of the Chinese people.
In recent years, Yuan has been part of the party of Official Chinese Representatives from the Department of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that receives foreign delegates; he has performed for a hundred and sixty three foreign dignitaries in a State Function held at Diaoyutai, and together with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jie-chi, received British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his wife.
Yuan’s music has taken him to stages in America, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, amongst others. In 2014, he has been invited to conduct Violin Masterclasses at the Salzburg Music Festival.
Aside from his identity as a performer, he is a part of music faculties around the world; he is a Visiting Professor at the Oberlin College, Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada, and the Hoschule fure Musik Mainz in Germany, and a Professor at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy.
Yuan is regularly invited to sit on the jury panels of various music competitions, having been a member of the Jury at the CCTV National Violin and Piano Competition; a member of the exam panel for Talents at the Peking University; a jury member at the Art Competition for Beijing Students and also judged the International Orchestra Competition in Singapore, as well as the Prime Golden Bell Awards for Chinese Music.
He serves as advisor to orchestras around China, namely the Kunming Symphony Orchestra and Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra.
Our school is honoured to have Yuan, currently the Head of Orchestral Studies in the Middle School division of the China Conservatory of Music, on our distinguished panel of advisors; sharing his expertise in violin instruction with us here at Melody Strings.