John Bruce Yeh
The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo bass clarinet of the Orchestra at the age of 19 by Sir Georg Solti. Two years later, he was named assistant principal and solo E-flat clarinet. He served as acting principal clarinet of the CSO from 2008 to 2011. Yeh has performed concertos with the CSO on several occasions, including the 1998 American premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto with Pierre Boulez conduct-ing and the 1993 performance of Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with Neeme Järvi. A concert recording of the Nielsen was released on the CSO CD set Soloists of the Orchestra II: From the Archives, vol. 15. In 2004, Yeh was featured in Leonard Bern-stein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs in collaboration with the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the CSO conducted by David Robertson. An enthusiastic champion of new music, John Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams.
A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with or-chestras around the globe. His more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. He frequently appears at festivals and on chamber music series worldwide. Yeh has performed several times with Music from Marlboro; the Guarneri, Ying, Colorado, Pacifica, Calder and Avalon string quartets; as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Passionately committed to music education, Yeh served for 26 years on the faculty of DePaul University's School of Music, and in 2004 joined the artist-faculty at Roose-velt University's Chicago College for the Performing Arts where he continues to teach. He has given master classes at many universities and conservatories including the Juilliard, Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University and University of Michigan.