Ying Quartet; Eastman School of Music;
2005 Grammy Award
Phillip Ying, as violist of the Ying Quartet, performs regularly across the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent appearances include engagements in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, and Washington, DC, Australia, France, Mexico, and Taiwan among many others. During summers, he has performed at the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Norfolk, Aspen, Colorado, Bowdoin and Steamboat Springs music festivals. He is a recipient of the Naumburg Award for chamber music.
Mr. Ying has also been presented numerous times in recital and as a soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony and the Aspen Festival Chamber Orchestra and is touring China with the Vermont Youth Orchestra in June 2007. With the Ying Quartet, Mr. Ying maintains a vital interest in new music, with recent and planned premieres of works by Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Torke, Kevin Puts, Bernard Rands, Ned Rorem, Jennifer Higdon, Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann and Paquito D'Rivera, and is currently pursuing a multi-year commissioning project with the Institute for American Music. The Ying Quartet received A 2005 Grammy Award for its recording of FOUR+4 with the Turtle Island String Quartet and a Grammy nomination for its recording on EMI with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Recent releases include a second disc of commissioned works on the Quartz label and the Tchaikovsky quartets and sextet on Telarcm, which received a 2007 Grammy Award nomination.
In addition to enjoying a highly successful performing career, Mr. Ying is committed to presenting the arts in creative, unexpected and diverse ways.
In 1992, he received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to promote chamber music in rural Iowa. Since that time, he continues to be involved in many other projects designed to explore expanded performance concepts as well as the educational and community-building potential of classical music in cities and towns across the United States.
Recent projects include significant partnerships with Fonatana Chamber Arts in Kalamazoo,the University of Iowa, the composer Tod Machover, and tours and recordings with the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Mr. Ying is an Assistant Professor of Viola and an Associate Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he is particularly interested in developing the chamber music curriculum in order to produce exceptional and broadly trained musicians for the future. From 2001-2008, the Ying Quartet was named the Blodgett ensemble in residence at Harvard University. In addition, Mr. Ying serves as president of Chamber Music America, a national service organization for chamber music ensembles, presenters and artist managers, and has been published by Chamber Music magazine. He is a frequent speaker, panelist, and outside evaluator on subjects such as arts-in-education and chamber music residencies, and served on the national jury for the 1999 Coming Up Taller Awards. Mr. Ying has also taught at Northwestern University, Interlochen, and the Brevard Music Center. He received his education at Harvard University, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music, and has studied principally with Martha Katz, Walter Trampler, and Roland Vamos.