Amy Yuan (BMus, MA) is a prize-winning violinist/erhuist and Associate of Royal Academy of Music who is an alumna of Millfield School and completed her Bachelor and Masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction. Her professors were Maurice Hasson, So-Ock Kim and Colin Huehns. Hailed by the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra St Luke's String Academy as 'The Most Promising Musician' and having been the only Chinese leader in the history of National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Amy is dedicated to bringing western and eastern cultures together through music and education. In 2015, Amy founded Amy Yuan Academy in London, with the aims to provide first-class music training and to foster artistic talents. In January 2020, Millfield School named a music scholarship after Amy. Amy feels very fortunate to have benefitted from excellent private education and world-class music training in the UK and hopes that through the International youth music festival and competition, a varied range of projects of Amy Yuan Academy and the 'Amy Yuan Music Award' at Millfield School, more young musicians will have similar opportunities. Amy's educational work has been recognised in the UK and she has been invited by British Prime Minister to attend Chinese New Year Receptions at 10 Downing Street.
Amy regularly gives violin-erhu recitals across the UK, Europe and Asia, with repertoire ranging from the classic to the modern and contemporary. Recent concerts include solo Violin-Erhu recitals at British Ambassador to China’s Residence in Beijing, St Paul’s Girls London and Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge.
On the erhu, part from performing traditional Chinese songs, Amy is a keen jazz musician who is always ready to explore new possibilities. She has toured Poland with jazz band 'Asian Strings' and has provided sound track for Cadbury Milk Tray's 2017 advert and collaborated with Danish pop singer Aura Dione on the song 'You Got Wings'.
Amy was awarded full scholarships at Royal Academy of Music and received numerous awards including the Violet Strutton Award, Wyse Bequest, Elizabeth Spater Award and Stanley Picker Award. She has performed in masterclasses to Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Sylvia Rosenberg, Alexander Pavlovic and Tasmin Little. Amy has appeared as soloist with the London Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Sir. Christopher Warren-Green playing Mozart Violin Concerto in G. Other conductors Amy has worked with include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Hickox, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Mark Elder and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Orchestras Amy has played in include London Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Philharmusica, Southern Sinfonia, Royal Academy of Music Soloists, National Youth Orchestra of Great British and Multi-Story Orchestra. She has performed in many famous concert halls around the world, these include Royal Albert Hall, London Barbican Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral, Cadogan Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sheldonian Theatre Oxford, Santander Symphony Hall Spain, San Tiago Palace, Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Hall.
Amy began to study the violin in Beijing at the age of four. Her first teachers were Zhilong Wang and Xiaozhi Huang, both professors at Central Conservatoire of Music in Beijing. Amy was the leader of the Beijing Youth Chamber Orchestra and frequently appeared in major concert halls in China as soloist with the orchestra. At the age of twelve, Amy won 1st prize in the Young Beijing Violinist Competition and was selected to perform in front of Henry Kissinger and senior Chinese officials in the Great Hall of The People. Amy started her studies in UK when she was fifteen.
During her years in Great Britain, Amy has taken part in many education development and outreach programmes. These include the London Symphony Orchestra’s Take a Bow projects working with children from East London boroughs, and Open Academy (in partnership with Westminster and Brent Music Services), which brings music to people in prisons, hospitals and care homes. Amy has also volunteered as a violin tutor with the Bridge Project, part of London Music Masters.
Amy has been Musician in Residence at Dulwich Prep London. Amy is very grateful for sponsorship from Mrs. Joyce Ma and Lord Rothschild during her years of study.