Yue Deng

Instructor, Strings

BMusic (Oberlin College), MMus (The Juilliard School) Hailed by Los Angeles Times “ Superb young violinist Yue Deng … “ Yue has been featured as the cover story in the Ventana Magazine, Ventura County Stars, Ojai Valley News. CCTV – China Central Television made a documentary about her, and she was selected as one of China's most outstanding young artist of the year. Gene Lees wrote an essay about her in his book “Friends Along the Way”, which was published by Yale University Press. 

Yue Deng was born in Hebei, China. At the age of 8, she won First Prize in the National Violin Competition in China, and her solo debut with orchestra at age 13. She won the special Judge's Prize at the First Triennial Johansen International Competiton, with a laureate at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. 

As a recording artist, Yue has recorded with Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Josh Groban, Johnny Mandel, Willy Nelson and Dionne Warwick, and on movie scores such as No God No Master (featured soloist), Invictus and In Her Sleep. Yue has performed with Michael Buble, Bill Charlap, Dave Grusin, and Randy Newman. Her album with renowned French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet titled “Ogermann: Violin and Piano works” was released on Decca in 2007. Grammy Award winner Roger Kellaway arranged and wrote an album for her “Both Sides Now”. As the principle Concertmaster, Yue led the Pacific Shore Philharmonic in the inaugural season at the Libby Bowl in the summer of 2012. Yue performed with the West Coast Premier of Composer Miguel del Aguila's composition "Silence" in 2013. Yue has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Birdland, and Disney Concert Hall. 

Yue served on the jury for the strings competition hosted by American String Teachers Association and the Annual Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition. Her students have been concertmasters and winners of the concerto competitions in the Santa Barbara and Ojai Youth Symphonies, as well as the Charles Schwab Violin competitions. Yue has taught at Juilliard Pre-College, Westmont College, and Music Academy of the West (Merit Program). Yue is devoted to helping young musicians develop a passion for music. She has mentored individual students, coached underprivileged young violinists in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Yue is an active member of American Federation of Musicians, American String Teacher’s Association and Music Teacher’s Association of California.

Yue was accepted as a full scholarship student to attend the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing when she was 9. She obtained her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory under Taras Gabora, and her M.M. from the Juilliard School under Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. Yue currently holds the position as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.

Representative Works

CD Recordings:

Yue Deng & Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ogerman: Works for Violin & Piano (Decca, also available on iTunes)

Both Sides Now: Yue Deng with Roger Kellaway, Piano/Composer on Kellways Lightworks

Projects & Performance:

"Friends Along the Way" by Gene Lees (Published by Yale University Press)