About Tong Yan

As the winner of international competitions, Tong Yan has claimed first prize at the International Music Competition of Union Francaise des Artistes Musiciens in Paris, the International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan, the International Chinese Violin Competition in New York, and the string winner at the Gisborne International Orchestral Instruments Competition in New Zealand. She has also placed in the top 3 at the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy and the Brahms International Violin Competition in Austria. Tong has had many recitals and solo performances with orchestras in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, China, Canada, and the US.

Tong is currently an active chamber musician and has participated in festivals such as the Summer Strings Academy in Australia, Canada’s Morningside Music Bridge, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Spoleto Music Festival in South Carolina, Britt Music Festival in Oregon, and the Meadowmount Summer School in New York.

Tong Yan joined the Houston Symphony in January of 2012 while perusing her Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein.  Tong Yan also holds a Masters Degree in Music from NEC, and a split Bachelors Degree from the Vienna University of Fine Arts, Joseph Haydn Conservatory and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Elisabeth Kropfitsch, Klaus Maetzl and Marilyn McDonald.