Melody Ye Yuan is a highly accomplished Canadian violinist who joined the San Diego Symphony in June 2023. With a remarkable career spanning internationally, she has captivated audiences in Canada, the USA, Italy, Germany, Russia, Austria and China. Ms. Yuan possesses extensive experience as both an orchestral and solo player. Her musical journey began at a young age, marked by a solo debut at fourteen collaborating with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Bramwell Tovey. In 2020, Ms. Yuan was honored as one of CBC's “Classical 30 Under 30” artists. In 2022, she performed at the Barbican Centre in the London Symphony Orchestra in the UK. In 2023, she performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Colburn Orchestra.
Throughout her career, Ms. Yuan has consistently showcased her prowess on the violin, regularly participating in prestigious international competitions such as the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition and the Concours Musical International de Montréal. Notable among her achievements are the first prize at the Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, the third prize in the Canadian Music Competition and the first prize at the Bjorn and Lori Hareid Strings Competition. She has also been a recipient of the BC Arts Council Scholarship award for five consecutive years, demonstrating her ongoing dedication and commitment to her craft.
Melody Ye Yuan’s musical education has been marked by guidance from esteemed mentors and institutions. She studied with professor Taras Gabora in Vancouver during her formative years and pursued her Master's Degree at the Colburn School under the tutelage of professor Martin Beaver. Additionally, she completed her undergraduate studies on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory, studying with professor Donald Weilerstein.