Conductor Yen-Cheng Yu graduated from the New England Conservatory with a master’s degree in orchestral conducting and another in piano playing. He’s now associate professor of the Department of Music, Tainan University of Technology.
Yu was born in Hsinchu County. He started playing the piano early in his childhood and was winners of piano playing in Hsinchu and Provincial Music Competitions for four consecutive years. After his graduation from the National Taiwan Normal University in 1981, he began his teaching career in the music class of Stella Matutina Girls’ High School in Taichung. Five years later, he set out to New England Conservatory in Boston, US, to learn piano playing under Veronica Jochum, orchestral conducting under Carl St. Clair, and wind music conducting under Frank Battistti.
After obtaining his master’s degree in piano playing from the conservatory, Yu returned to Taiwan to become assistant conductor of the Experimental Symphony Orchestra (later renamed into the National Symphony Orchestra), followed by his re-entering the New England Conservatory to study orchestral conducting in 1989 under Carl St. Clair and Pascal Verrot. In 1990 he completed his study in orchestral conducting with a master’s degree.
Yen-Cheng Yu has cooperated with many renowned Taiwanese orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Normal University Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Tainan University of Technology and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Taoyuan County. He has also performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto as the pianist with the National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber music with Chi-Yin Wind Chamber Ensemble. In addition, he was also invited to conduct the Penang Symphony Orchestra in Malaysia. In the summer of 2006, Yu went on a tour with Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Singapore and Macau, and received critical acclaim.
Yen-Cheng Yu is now associate professor of the Department of Music, Tainan University of Technology; he’s also holding positions in the National Taipei University of Education, National Wu-Ling Senior High School, Chung Ping Junior High School in Taipei and Simen Elementary School in Taoyuan. Apart from conducting and teaching piano in famous music schools, he’s also been invited to judge panels of various music competitions.