First Violins

First Associate Concertmaster

Liyuan Xie

Virginia M. Lindseth, PhD, Chair

Violinist Liyuan Xie is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory (NEC), where he studied with Miriam Fried. He holds a bachelor’s degree from NEC and previously studied with Binyou Zhou at the middle school affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory. 

Since his solo orchestral debut at age 11, Xie has collaborated regularly with the Shanghai Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony, Nanjing Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Recent concert engagements include performances of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn violin concertos with the Nanjing Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Apollo Ensemble of Boston. 

Xie has participated in numerous prestigious festivals including the Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary. He has performed as a guest violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival and as guest assistant principal second violin with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. As concertmaster, he has performed with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of China, as well as NEC’s Symphony, Philharmonia, and Chamber Orchestra.