Janet Ying

Violin

First 3 Week Session

Ying Quartet; Faculty, Eastman School of Music

Janet Ying is a founding member of the Ying Quartet, now entering its third decade of performing and teaching across the United States and abroad. A recipient of both a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1992-1994 and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1993, Ms. Ying has been recognized throughout her career for presenting concert music in diverse settings, from Carnegie Hall to hospitals in Iowa City to juvenile prisons in Los Angeles, making connections from everyday life to the art of the string quartet. Her interest in extending the reach of the string quartet has led to collaborations with a range of artists including Menahem Pressler, Billy Childs, Mike Seeger, and Matt Flinner, as well as an ongoing commissioning project of American composers writing about contemporary life.

Ms. Ying’s recordings include: American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber & Howard Hanson, Anton Arensky: 2 String Quartets and the Piano Quintet, Three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence, a series of three LifeMusic albums featuring American commissions, 4 + Four, a Grammy award winning collaboration with the Turtle Island String Quartet, and Dim Sum, a collection of shorter works melding Eastern and Western sounds.

Principal violin studies have been with Donald Weilerstein, William Preucil, Almita and Roland Vamos, Sonja Foster, and Yuko Nasu. Ms. Ying is an Associate Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music.