Yeou-Cheng Ma, violin
Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma collaborated with the Lark Quartet, cellist Hai Ye Ni and Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Stephanie Chase, and has performed in chamber music concerts with faculty and friends of the Children's Orchestra at the Alice Tully and Merkin Hall, the United Nations, the 92nd Street Y, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, Wave Hill, and toured Europe, Asia and the United State with the Dadap Ma Duo. A graduate of Radcliffe & Harvard Medical School, she works with children with developmental disorders in the Bronx at the Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and teaches violin, viola and chamber music with the Children's Orchestra Society, and lectures internationally on music and healing.
Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Yeou-Cheng Ma gave her first public performance at age seven, and played piano with her brother Yo-Yo Ma for over a decade. She was winner of the French National Competition "Royaume de la Musique" and played Mendelssohn Concerto with the Denver Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10. Her major violin teachers were her father, Dr. H. T. Ma, Firmin Touche, Koji Toyoda and Arthur Grumiaux.
Her work as Executive Director of the Children's Orchestra Society has been recognized by St. Joseph's College in West Hartford, with a doctorate in humanities honoris causa, the New York Public Advocate Award for leadership and advocacy for Asian American Youth, and the Francis Riker Davis Award from the Brearley School for outstanding community service.