Yi was born in Sichuan, China and started learning violin at the age of five with his father, who is also a violinist. Yi studied at Beijing Central Conservatory before travelling to London to continue his post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman.
Yi came to Australia in 1997 to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He was Principal First Violin with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 2001 – 2007; he also performed with the TSO as Acting Concertmaster. In 2008, he moved to Melbourne to join Orchestra Victoria as Principal Violin.
Yi has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the City of Granada Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As soloist he has given recitals in London, Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Weimar, Hobart, Suffolk (UK) and Hangzhou (China). He is a founding member of the Melbourne-based Waratah String Quartet.
You may not know …
Yi is a champion table-tennis player.
Orchestra Victoria again proved their expertise and value when seen on stage in a concert setting. Concertmaster Yi Wang led particularly impressive rapid violin playing in the overture and again in the finale.Simon Paris (Man in Chair) on Norma, 24 August 2014