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Yun Jie "Jay" Liu

Yun Jie "Jay" Liu playing viola


Office 610


Courses Taught

Applied Lessons


BM, Shanghai Conservatory of Music


San Francisco Symphony, Associate Principal, 1993–Present

National Symphony Orchestra, 1990–1993

Bridge Chamber Virtuosi

Notable Studio Wins

Northern California Viola Society Competition.

Distinguished Alumni

ZhenWei Shi - Principal Viola, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Dandan Wang - Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Zhongkun Lu - Macao Symphony Orchestra


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