(http://www.stradcompetition.org/melody-yuan-china.html) At the age of eleven, in March 2009, Melody Ye Yuan won the first prize of the junior division at the International Violin Competition in Omsk, Russia, chosen by an international jury from 6 countries. The jury agreed that she is of one of the most important young violinists in the world today. Her ability to sustain a long legato line in slow movements and her virtuoso technique in the fast movements with the gift to communicate and excite her audiences assured her of a promising future.
Melody Ye Yuan began lessons in China at five years old with Ms. Zhao Xiao Mei. When she was eight, she came to study in Vancouver, Canada with Taras Gabora. She gave her first full recital at 11 years old in Vancouver. In July, 2009, she was chosen to participate in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy where she performed several times with great success. In December, 2009 she was invited to perform at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at the Chagrin Falls (Cleveland) concert series and in July and August 2010 will perform in Italy, Germany and in Toronto.
At the age of twelve, Melody already has an astonishingly wide repertoire which includes the Wieniawski Concerto in d, the Brahms Concerto in D, the Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G, the Bach Double Concerto, the Beethoven Spring Sonata, the Corelli Sonata in D, the Bach Partitas in d minor and b minor, the Ysaÿe Sonata No. 6, several Paganini Caprices and numerous shorter pieces such as the Bartok Rumanian Dances, La Capricieuse by Elgar, Hora Staccato by Dinicu-Heifetz, Sarasate’s Ziguenerweisen, and so on.