With an impressive solo repertoire and having “the poise of a professional and a remarkable accuracy of execution,” Canadian violinist Melody Ye Yuan attended the Heifetz Institute student for the first time as a member of the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar. A full-scholarship student at the New England Conservatory under Professor Donald Weilerstein, Melody has racked up an impressive string of honors and awards since beginning her formal studies at the age of 5 in China. Melody moved to Vancouver, British Columbia at age 9, and within a year she was a honored with Third Prize in the Canadian Music Competition. From there, Melody won First Prize at the Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition 2009 in Omsk, Russia at the age of eleven, the Gabora Prize for the best performance at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in 2012, 2013, and 2014; First Prize at the Bjorn and Lori Hareid Strings Competition at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the UBC Concerto Competition in 2016. Melody is also the recipient of both Arts Scholarships and Touring Grants from the BC Arts Council, and has performed several times with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in Italy, Germany, Russia, Austria and her birthplace of China. Melody plays a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin, made in 1708.