JOY YEH, HARP
CONCERT ARTIST × TEACHER
Taiwanese-Canadian harpist Dr. Joy Yeh serves as a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Co-Head of the Harp Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Scholarship Chair of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society. She obtains her doctoral degree from the Indiana University, a master degree from Yale University and a bachelor degree from UBC. She began her harp training at the age of 4 and has been a pupil of Susann McDonald, June Han, Rita Costanzi, Elizabeth Bligh, Li-Ching Chen, and Chia-Ho Lee.
A recipient of many scholarships and awards, Dr. Yeh was awarded the Canada Arts Council Grant for professional musician, twice by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Grand Prize winner of the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Scholarship Competition, the UBC Concerto Competition, and First Place of the Burnaby Clef Concerto Competition, in which Dr. Yeh was the only time a harpist was chosen as 1st Prize Winner in the Burnaby Clef Society’s 25 year history. She has been featured numerous times as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Prince Goerge Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and the UBC Symphony Orchestra and has performed solo and ensemble work in music concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Orpheum and the Chan Centre for Performance Arts in Vancouver.
Dr. Yeh's harp "resounded with sparkling clarity" (Georgia Straight). Her invitations include solo appearance in the World Harp Congress in Canada, concerto appearance with major orchestras and personal interviews from several local television shows, radio programs
and magazines in Vancouver. As an avid artist for Canadian Music, she
has recorded and performed pieces by renowned Canadian composers
and her recording has been broadcasted over CBC. Periodically, she is
committed to give solo and chamber recitals at different prestigious
concert series in Canada.
Ms. Yeh plays frequently with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra in the US. She also performed with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Vancouver Oratorio Society.
She started off her first training with the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, then Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and finally, the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Symphony Orchestra in Germany. She has had the privilege to study orchestral music under Sarah Bulllen, the principle harpist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Elizabeth Hainen, the principle harpist of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.
During her years in Indiana University, she taught a class on harp orchestral excerpts as the associate instructor and now is in charge of the orchestra program at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
The Onyx Trio, comprised of Joy Yeh, harp; Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute; and Marcus Takizawa, viola; was formed in 2014 out of a deep desire to explore and share the ensemble repertoire of the last one hundred years. Ms. Yeh has also collaborated with many great musicians such as the concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, principle flutist of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Koerner Quartet. Being the first harpist of the Formosa Trio, she and her colleagues have made it to the semi-final stage of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in the US. Ms. Yeh also coaches the Chamber Music Program at the Vancouver Academy of Music.