YUAN QI 27, born in Hebei Province, China, is currently the assistant principal violist at the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and pursuing a graduate diploma at the Peabody Institute under the guidance of Choong-jin Chang. Ms. Qi holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Ms. Qi was the second prize winner of the 2015 International Hugo Kauder Competition. As a soloist, Yuan Qi has participated in masterclasses with Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai, Pierre Henri Xuereb, and Yoshiko Kawamoto, and has worked with Seiji Ozawa and members from the Artis, Brentano, Emerson, Hagen, Juilliard, Miro, Tokyo, and Takaćs quartets in chamber music seminars. Yuan Qi is a dedicated performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced in many music festivals, including the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy and Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Music Festival in Okushiga, Japan, and the Kneisel Hall and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals.