Yang Xi grow up from a legendary musical family in Chengdu, China. His father was a conductor, violinist, and a music educator. His mother was a well known pianist in China and now a very active piano teacher in Atlanta area in GA. Yang began his musical journey at the age of 7 when his father brought him a half size violin. By the age of 10, he began to perform live on Television and radio stations. He made an average of 200 solo performances a year between age 12 and 14. Yang then won the national audition to enter the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China when he was 15 years old where he studied both violin and viola Performance. He had his first solo debut with the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra after he won the National Violin Competition in Shanghai at the age of 16.
Arriving in the United States when he was 20 years old, Yang won a National Strings Competition in Arkansas and has performed numerous solo recitals, chamber music concerts and gave master classes to young string players from many public schools and colleges before he won a scholarship to continue study at Indiana University School of Music, under the guidance of James Buswell, Nelli Shkolnikova, Josef Gingold and Rostislav Dubinsky.
Later, Yang became the Principal Violist for the Florida Grand Opera and the Principal Viola with the Symphony of the Americas. He has performed for two presidents of the United States, President Clinton and President Bush Senior. He has collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Placid Domingo, as well as Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder. Recently he was appointed as one of the judges for YangTong Liu International Violin Competition in China. He also made his solo appearance with China National Orchestra, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Philharmonic. He was a guest violist performing with the world class Shanghai Quartet.
Yang’s music career continues as he now maintaining a very active large studio while holding the teaching position of violin and viola at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. He is also the concertmaster of Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Principal Viola of Carolina Philharmonic, Artistic director of Carolina International Orchestra in North Carolina.