Taiwan native Jeff Yang came to the United States at the age of eight. He holds Bachelors Degrees in arts, music, and industrial engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and Performer’s Certificate from DePaul University. His main teachers, Steven Staryk, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Joe Genualdi, are renowned in the orchestra, solo, and chamber music fields.
Jeff served as concertmaster for all of these university orchestras as well as the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, Ballet Legere in Chicago, and the Emerald City Philharmonic in Seattle. His other positions include Assistant Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the International Symphony Orchestra in Israel, as well as principal second violin of the American-Russian Youth Orchestra
Currently, Jeff is the first violinist of Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues and serves as concertmaster of the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago. He performs regularly with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Philharmonic, Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, and CUBE. Jeff has appeared on numerous radio and television shows such as WTTW’s Soundstage and Oprah, playing a range of music from artists including Three Tenors, Dennis DeYoung, Peter Cetera, Kansas, Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Celine Dion, Vince Gill, Ann Murray, Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sam Lay, Marcy Levy, and Howard Levy. He is performing with Mannheim Steamroller on their Spring 2007 FreshAire tour. His other musical interests include playing the cello, bass guitar, and five-string electric violin in rock, samba, and jazz groups.