Acclaimed Canadian violinist Maureen Yuen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician
in the United States, Canada, Norway, and Italy. 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 string adjudicator
with Kiwanis Music Festivals in Canada and 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, 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 solo and chamber music recitals and master
classes throughout North America, including recent appearances at Western Illinois
University, Brock University, Pasadena Conservatory, Cleveland State University, Louisiana
State University, Ohio University, Northern Ohio University and the University of
Minnesota at Duluth.
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 and the upcoming Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons concert with her colleagues. She
also co-founded the annual composition competition at SUNY Fredonia in 2011 with Robert
Deemer. Ms. Yuen joined the faculty of the School of Music at the State University of New York at
Fredonia in 2004.