John Bruce Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1977 at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti. Yeh was the first Asian musician ever appointed to the CSO, and is now the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in West Los Angeles, John attended UCLA where he won the Frank Sinatra Musical Performance Award and performed as Principal Clarinet of the American Youth Symphony under Mehli Mehta. He is thankful for the guidance of his early mentors Gordon Herritt, Gary Gray, and Michele Zukovsky.
A prizewinner at both the 1982 ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe, perform at music festivals such as SummerFest LaJolla, and with great chamber ensembles such as the Calder Quartet. An enthusiastic champion of new music, John Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of compositions by many composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams. His numerous solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. Recently released by Naxos is a disc titled “Synergy,” of single and double concertos with clarinet featuring John, his wife Teresa, and his daughter Molly. Yeh is director of Chicago Pro Musica, which won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best New Classical Artist. With clarinetist Teresa Reilly, erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Yeh recently formed Birds and Phoenix, an innovative multi-cultural quartet. A passionate educator, John is on the artist-faculties of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts, and Midwest Young Artists in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He is the proud father of Jenna Yeh, 30, a culinary artist and wine specialist in Chicago; Molly Yeh, 26, a percussionist and food-blogger in Minnesota; and the 9-year old Mia Reilly-Yeh.
John Bruce Yeh last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2014.