Yi-Yun Loei is the first Australian harpist to receive a doctorate degree. With solo performances across six continents, Yi-Yun’s performances have taken her far beyond her hometown in Perth. Highlights include the Rio Harp Festival in Brazil, Milan World Expo, Hong Kong International Arts Festival, National Harp Festival of South Africa, and Aspen Music Festival in the USA.
Yi-Yun is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Music in Zunyi Normal College in China, teaching both harp and piano. She is in high demand as guest harpist with major orchestras across China, performing regularly with the National Centre of Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, Kunming International Philharmonic Orchestra and Macao Orchestra.
Closer to home, Yi-Yun has appeared with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia Orchestra. Previously, Yi-Yun held Principal Harp positions for the Brno National Theatre and the Zlín Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. In addition to the harp, Yi-Yun is an accomplished pianist and a prizewinner at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales and the Yamaha Australia National Piano Competition.
Yi-Yun received a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, winning the Lady Callaway medal as the most outstanding music graduate. She subsequently earned an Artist Diploma, Master of Music and Doctor of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she held Associate Instructor positions for both harp and music theory.