About Nai-Chien Yo
Nai-Chien Yo holds a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and Literature from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. Her primary mentors during her studies were Dennis Parker, Lee-Wen Dai, and Ya-Wen Hsueh.
As a soloist, Nai-Chien has been selected as a student for master classes with Gustav Rivinius and Tsuyoshi Ysutsumi. As a cellist with an enormous passion for chamber music, Nai-Chien has been selected to give Piano Trio, String Quartet, Piano Quartet, and String Sextet performances in music festivals such as the Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan and the Sweden Aurora Chamber Music Festival (ACM) in Sweden. As an orchestral musician, Nai-Chien has traveled with the Formosa Philharmonic, and performed two concerts with the ensemble during a festival in France upon the invitation of Les rencontres musicales de Charon.
Nai-Chien has an obsession for teaching and promoting music in various ways. Since 2013, she has been a private instructor of cello and piano in Taiwan and the USA, and attended a Teachers Education Program during college. She designed a difficult curriculum for herself and has been very successful in combining performance-based and teacher education courses to fulfill degree requirements. During a practicum within her Methods Course, she designed an innovative musical board game for a music class in National Feng-Shan Senior High School, which received overwhelming responses from students.
Currently, Nai-Chien is pursuing her Artist Diploma at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet.