Ms. Yun-Ting Kuo began studying the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 8 in Taiwan. After a year, she began playing the viola. During her studies, Ms. Kuo majored in viola performance and minored in piano performance. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma in viola performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, studying with Ms. Victoria Chiang and Mr. Choong-Jin Chang. She received her Master of Music with full scholarship at the Peabody Institute and a joint Bachelor degree from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and the Peabody Institute.
Ms. Kuo was invited to Shanghai Orchestra Academy to perform in the 5th anniversary concert with Franck Huang, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. She has attended multiple music festivals, which includes the Korean National Symphony Orchestra Academy and the Aspen Music Festival with fellowship in 2018 and 2019. From 2013 to 2015, she joined the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra’s International Youth Orchestra under the baton of Cho-Liang Lin and was selected to perform in the faculty concert. She also participated in the Formosa Chamber Music Festival in 2014.
Ms. Kuo has won numerous prizes in the National Taiwan Music Competition in viola and chamber music. She is passionate about teaching as well and has been teaching piano, violin, and viola for over 10 years in Taiwan and Silicon Valley. She has accompanied students and friends in concerts and auditions as a pianist and has helped them achieve their goals.
As an active orchestral violist, Ms. Kuo is the violist of the York Symphony Orchestra. She has played with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and served as the principal violist in Aspen Conducting Academy. She is also the substitute violist of the New World Symphony. She has played in the masterclasses of Gábor Takács-Nagy, Jonathan Vinocour, Hsin-Yun Huang, Stephen Wyrczynski, Ken Hakii, Scott Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Endellion Quartet.