The Orchestra

The Bach Musica NZ Orchestra consists of professional players from across the Auckland region. A number of them also play with the Auckland Philharmonia and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra; others are freelance artists and professional itinerant instrumental teachers.

Membership in the Bach Musica NZ Orchestra is by invitation of the Musical Director. If you would like to apply please contact

The Concertmaster

Violinist Yanghe Yu is currently serving as the concertmaster of Bach Musica NZ,
concertmaster of Hawkes Bay Orchestra. As an orchestral musician his journey covers many
major organizations with national and international reputation, such as: San Francisco
Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015), New World Symphony (2015-2016), acting associate
principal 2nd violin of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, guest artist of Waikato Symphony
Orchestra and guest concertmaster of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (2023).

As a soloist, Yanghe performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in
Beijing(2008),Vladres Music Festival in Norway (2012), San Francisco Conservatory of
Music Orchestra (2014), Stockton Symphony Orchestra (2015), Auckland Philharmonia
Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, Hawkes Bay Orchestra and Auckland String Quartet Summer

Yanghe is holding a master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, his major
teachers include Wei He from Tianjin Julliard, Catherine Van Hoesen from San Francisco
Symphony and Kathleen Winkler from Rice University.

Yanghe Yu Performs on a Nicolas Vuillaume Violin from 1862, and enjoys life in Auckland with his lovely wife and son.