B i o g r a p h y
Praised by Baltimore Sun for her rich tone, Ms. Xu is passionately engaged as an orchestral, chamber, solo violist, and teacher. A member of New Haven Symphony Orchestra, she had previously participated in New York String Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jamie Laredo, performing at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. In 2010, Ms. Xu was invited to Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Salzau, Germany and toured with the orchestra academy throughout Germany and Eastern Europe under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Christopher Hogwood and David Geringas. Ms. Xu was a fellowship recipient in Aspen Music Festival and School in summer 2011, and served as principal violist in the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra. A prolific chamber musician, Ms. Xu participated in Yellow Barn Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and previously attended Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, Canada. As a member of Cicada Chamber Players, she recorded with musicians from New York region under Bridge label. She has worked with many artist-teachers including Don Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Pamela Frank, Cho-liang Lin, Ira Weller, Steve Tenenbom, and members from Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, and Shanghai Quartet. Ms. Xu served as principal violist of Bard Conservatory Orchestra in the Greater China Tour (2012) and appeared as a soloist with pianist Melvin Chen in Shanghai Grand Theater. She had performed in Bard’s “Music Alive!” series which featured music by living composers and directed by Joan Tower, with whom she studied composition. In May 2015, she was a semi-finalist in the 3rd Tokyo International Viola Competition in Japan. Ms. Xu had performed chamber music with artists Leon Fleisher, Michael Kannen, Kathy Murdock, and appears regularly in recital with her husband, concert pianist Michael Bukhman. As a passionate teacher, she coaches chamber orchestra of Hangzhou No.14 high school every summer. The orchestra had won first prizes in China national competition in the pass three consecutive years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from Bard College Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from Bard College; a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree from Yale School of Music, where she was the teaching assistant of Prof. Ettore Causa. Ms. Xu currently resides in Baltimore and is working towards a Graduate Performance Diploma under the tutelage of CJ Chang at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.