Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, acclaimed Canadian
violinist Maureen Yuen has performed, taught and adjudicated in North and Central
America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Recent projects that have been received with great success include
concerts of the Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle and complete Brahms Sonatas with pianist
Fr. Sean Duggan, as well as the complete Prokofiev Sonatas. Her interest in new music
has led to collaborations with composers Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas and Adrienne
Elisha, as well as being a featured performer at the Composer’s Workshop at the annual
New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conferences in 2010 and 2011. She
is also a member of the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, whose recordings can often
be heard on National Public Radio's Performance Today.
Balancing her busy performance schedule, Ms. Yuen is a devoted violin and viola teacher
and chamber music coach. She is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal
Conservatory of Music. She is also a senior adjudicator and strings specialist for
the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (formerly the Carnegie Hall Achievement
Program). In this role, she has adjudicated string students of all levels across North
America, as well as given presentations at institutions that include the Eastman School
of Music and the 3rd Street Music School Settlement in New York City. Ms. Yuen has
also trained new examiners and adjudicators joining the College of Examiners. In addition,
she has served on the summer faculties of the Schlern International Music Festival
in the Italian Alps, National Music Festival in Maryland, Music/Meadows/Mountains
in Washington and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado as Artist/Faculty.
Active in chamber music collaborations and coachings, she was a founding member of
the English Bay String Quartet, which toured North America and the Caribbean for many
years. Ms. Yuen was formerly on the faculty at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA as Instructor
of Violin and Viola. Her active schedule also includes performances, adjudication
and master classes worldwide, including the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and
the University of Nairobi.
Ms. Yuen graduated from the University of British Columbia at the age of 21 with a
Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance. Her primary teachers were Andrew Dawes,
Nancy Di Novo and Gerald Stanick. Other influential teachers include Nancy Luttrell
and Jean Ter-Merguerian. She has also worked with members of the Emerson, Fine Arts,
Oxford, St. Lawrence, and Tokyo string quartets.
As an active member of the Fredonia community, Ms. Yuen has been involved in many
School of Music projects, including the complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti, as well
as co-founding the annual composition competition at the State University of New York
at Fredonia in 2011 with Rob Deemer. Ms. Yuen joined the faculty of Fredonia in 2004.