Violinist Yang Xu has garnered prizes in an array of international competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szeryng, Irving Klein, Novosibirsk, and the Kloster Schontal International Violin Competitions. Most recently, he was named the grand prizewinner of the Sorantin International Award for young artists. Mr. Xu joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s first violin section in 2008. Mr. Xu studied with Lina YU at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2003 where his teachers included Roland and Almita Vamos, and Kyung Sun Lee. He holds a Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was Masao Kawasaki. Yang Xu completed the Graduate Certificate program with soloist Midori Goto at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and is continually working privately with the world- renowned concert violinist.