ViolinCherry Yeung

Associate Principal Second Violin

Cherry Choi Tung Yeung is a violinist born and raised in Hong Kong. Winning her first job at one of the major orchestras in the United States at the age of 21. Ms. Yeung is now the Associate Principal Second Violin of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Yeung has performed with the New York Philharmonic; Hong Kong Academy, New World, and Princeton Symphony Orchestras; Symphony in C; New Jersey Festival Orchestra; Concertmaster of The Juilliard School Orchestra and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, working under John Adams, Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson and Osmo Vanska. Ms. Yeung was awarded the loan of a fine Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin as the concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Yeung led the orchestra in the 2020 Curtis on Tour, performing in world-renowned venues including Carnegie Hall. Ms. Yeung was also given the opportunity to perform excerpts from the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in one of the concerts.

Ms. Yeung has won numerous prizes including first prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, prompting engagements with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini di Pesaro in Italy. Her other competition awards include second prize of the Juilliard Violin Concerto Competition, two-time winner of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concerto Competition, second prize of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, and first prize of the Hong Kong Youth String Competition. In 2018 she was named a New York Philharmonic Global Academy Zarin Mehta Fellow. Ms. Yeung was the youngest finalist of recent Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Associate Concertmaster auditions.

Ms. Yeung is an artist at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival. She has performed with world-renowned artists such as Jonathan Biss, Hsin-Yun Huang, Nobuko Imai, Anthony McGill, Marcy Rosen, Scott St. John, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Wiley etc. Ms. Yeung has also performed at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount School of Music, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Hotchkiss Summer Portals, Heartland Chamber Music Festival and Kent Blossom Music Festival. She has performed with Melvin Chen, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Miami String Quartet, Grammy® award winner William Purvis, Raman Ramakrishnan, Melissa Reardon, Steven Tenenbom and Wei-Yi Yang, among others. She has been featured on Radio Television Hong Kong, Kansas Public Radio and Fox 4 Kansas City TV. Ms. Yeung has also been featured in many international competitions, including the Michael Hill International Violin Competition as a laureate and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Ms. Yeung holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, studied violin with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt; viola with Steven Tenenbom. Ms. Yeung also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she finished both degrees within four years. She previously attended the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her former teachers include Ivan Chan, Elizabeth Lo, Siu Mei Li and Michael Ma. She has performed in master classes with Nicola Benedetti, Robert Chen, Glenn Dicterow, Pamela Frank, Midori Goto, Augustin Hadelich, Wei He, Ani Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Cho Liang Lin, Vadim Repin, Sylvia Rosenberg, Joseph Silverstein and Antoine Tamestit. She has studied chamber music with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Natasha Brofsky, Ronald Copes, Pamela Frank, Joseph Kalichstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Joel Smirnoff, Arnold Steinhardt, Roger Tapping, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley.

Cherry Yeung plays on a 1768 Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza.