Suli Xue

Adjunct Professor

Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Strings

Instrument: Violin
Phone: (213) 740-7704
Office: RHM112


One of the most outstanding among Chinese-American violinists, Suli Xue enjoys an active career on today’s international music stages. A member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a professor of violin at the USC Thornton School of Music, the artistic adviser of the YMF Debut Orchestra, the artistic director of the Schoenfeld International String Competition and the former concertmaster of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, Suli Xue has earned acclaim around the world for his unique artistry.

Born into a musical family in Harbin, China, Suli Xue started his studies with his father, composer and professor of violin Chengqian Xue. In 1978, Suli Xue was accepted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, to study violin with Lixun Dou as well as the vice president of the school, Shuzhen Tan. His career advanced rapidly, and he was named the youngest concertmaster of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in 1984. Suli Xue came to the United States in 1986 to study at the USC Thornton School of Music with the internationally renowned exemplar of the violin, Alice Schoenfeld. In the ensuing years, he participated in such major North American festivals as the Tanglewood Music Center Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Centre d’Arts Orford.

In 1990, Suli Xue joined the San Diego Symphony, and two years later he became a member of the violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Later in the decade, he was a founding member of the Pacific Harmony String Quartet. The quartet tours widely, and their CD, The Melodies of the Far East, has received wide attention in the United States. In 2006, Suli Xue appeared as a featured soloist on the China Central Television national broadcast, the “Concert Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Shostakovich.” He performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor with the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing Concert Hall, to great acclaim. Recently, Suli Xue performed as a soloist with YMF Debut Orchestra and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra for their New Year’s Concert Tour in China. He also released two CDs, Melodies of China and Golden Melodies. Both were received with praise and popularity throughout China, and have also been released to the international audience.

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe every student is a unique artist who has the unlimited potential to expand his or her ability for musicianship and technique. My ultimate goal is to unearth that potential and to give everyone the maximum amount of attention and guidance, based on my years of experience. Since all students have their own unique special needs, I try to customize a different teaching method for every one in order to establish a solid foundation and strong self confidence. Through the detailed instructions I give to the students, they understand that they are not only following my advice, but also understanding the reasons behind my suggestions.” – Suli Xue