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 masterclasses 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.