Su Yan, (assistant second violin principal)
Su Yan began her violin studies at the age of 7 under Professor Hu Wei-min at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In 1992 she continued her studies at the junior department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professors Fang Lei and Zhang Shi-xiang. In the same year she gave a series of solo recitals in Shanghai, Fuzhou and Xiamen. In 1997 she toured France with the Shanghai Conservatory Junior Symphony Orchestra. Yan was awarded the Charles Black Fellowship in 1998 to study full-time at the Royal Academy of Music in London with the world renowned violinist Hu Kun and was later appointed leader of the Royal Academy Chamber Orchestra. In 2002 she received her Bachelor of Music degree, the LRAM and in 2003 a Master of Arts in Performance. In 2003 Yan taught violin at the Abbey School in Reading and later worked as a sessional lecturer in violin for the University of Reading. She also joined the London Hu Kun Orchestra in 2005 which premiered at the London Chinese Embassy in the presence of the Chinese ambassador and Sir Colin Davis. In 2006, Yan performed as a soloist for several concerts in the UK and gave a performance of the Bach Double Violin concerto with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Yan moved to Hong Kong in 2008 and became a member of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.