Jay Liu, viola
  1. Faculty

Yun Jie "Jay" Liu



  • Applied Lessons


  • BM, Shanghai Conservatory of Music


  • San Francisco Symphony, Associate Principal, 1993–Present
  • National Symphony Orchestra, 1990–1993
  • Bridge Chamber Virtuosi

What is your hometown?

Shanghai, China

Who were your major teachers?

Don McInnes, Alan de Veritch, and XiDi Shen.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Practice is not performance!”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Where is the job after my graduation?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

My parents already made the decision when I was five years old.

What was a turning point in your career?

Winning my first audition!

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I have no idea!

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.

What are your academic publications?

The Standard Orchestral Audition Excerpts for Viola

What recordings can we hear you on?

Bridge Chamber Virtuosi, Con Brio