Yifan is an exceptional cellist, who is currently working on his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) at the University of Boston, with expected completion by May 2021. During his time in BU, Yifan studied under the guidance of late Cello Master George Neikrug and was gifted with Mr. Neikrug’s cello. Yifan was the Winner of the String Department Bach competition in his school. He has also participated in the International Johannes Brahms Competition and Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. Before attending BU, Yifan was admitted to the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Yale University with a full scholarship under the tutelage of Aldo Parisot. He has earned his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen.
As a passionate performer, Yifan has always pushed himself to explore the possibilities of music performance, not only in the aspect of technical skills but also in musical expressions. During his time at Yale, Yifan was the only student who has been selected as the Associate Principal Cellist for Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos, founded by Aldo Parisot. He also performed solo pieces during Yale Cellos’ Annual Concert and with UMKC Orchestra. Moreover, Yifan was the recipient of the Aldo Parisot Prize upon graduation, which is awarded to gifted cellists who show promise for a concert career. In addition, Yifan performed at masterclasses with Laurence Lesser, Lynn Harrell, Andres Diaz, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Most recently, Yifan serves as the Guest Artist for Palaver Strings, a String Ensemble based in Portland. He has played and collaborated numerous pieces with composers such as Chen Yi, Joshua Heys. Apart from solo performances, Yifan served as the Principal Cellist for Yu-Qiang Dai American Concerts at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall. He was also the Associate Principal Cellist for the Benefit Concert with Yo-Yo Ma.
As an avid music educator, Yifan frequently substitutes for Boston University Cello studio classes. He was the main Teaching Assistant and Chamber Coach to Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music, where he taught students ranging from middle school to college-level music majors with diverse backgrounds. Among them, many students come from international countries such as Spain, China and perform at very different levels. He has also been a private cello tutor since Northwestern time and regularly gives lessons to college-level Students from Longy School of Music of Bard College and Berklee School of Music.