Ssu-Yang Yu 

Ssu-Yang is a dynamic cellist who joined the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in September 2023. She is celebrated for her exceptional musicianship, with a remarkable career including solo performances, chamber music, and orchestral engagements. Notably, Ssu-Yang began performing with the Prague Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12 and clinched the First Prize at the National Cello Competition in 2012.

Her musical journey has taken her to renowned international venues, including Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Lincoln Center in New York City. She has also graced the stages of prestigious music festivals such as EuroArts in Germany, Verbier Music Festival, and Paleo Festival in Switzerland, among others.

Ssu-Yang earned her master’s degree in cello performance at the Yale School of Music with a full scholarship, studying under Maestro Aldo Parisot and Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet. She further refined her art under the guidance of acclaimed soloists Ole Akahoshi and Ralph Kirshbaum during her time at Yale. Beyond her performances, Ssu-Yang shared her passion for music as a secondary lessons instructor for undergraduates at Yale University. She extended her reach by collaborating with retirement communities and educational organizations, enriching diverse audiences through her program, ‘Music for All.’

Hailing from Taiwan, Ssu-Yang embarked on her musical journey at the age of 7, and pursued her bachelor’s degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, with a full scholarship under the tutelage of Professor Li-Wei Qin, the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition Silver Medalist and Naumburg Competition First Prize winner in 2001.Throughout her musical pursuit, Ssu-Yang honed her skills through masterclasses with prominent cellists such as Lluis Claret, Steven Isserlis, Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi, Gary Hoffman, David Cohen, Joel Marosi, and Gábor Takács-Nagy.