A notable Chinese violinist, Dr. Duo Xu is an international music competition award winner and serves as Chair of the Judging Panel for String Instruments at Zhongsing International Music Competition in Singapore. Duo is the first Chinese violinist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. He also earned an Artist Diploma from Ball State University, Indiana, where he received superior violin and conducting education from A. Vayman and Maestro B. Rattay. Duo has been invited to serve as Guest Concertmaster with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A. He also has received invitations to give master classes in China and Singapore.
In 2010, Duo was appointed Associate Principal Second Violin of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing. With the NCPAO, he has partaken in over 200 performances of various concerts, operas and ballets. He has had the privilege to work with some of the most world-renowned conductors of our time, including Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Christoph Eschenbach and Günther Herbig. Duo Xu has participated in concert tours through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea and the U.S.A. His music festival appearances include Salzburg Music Festival, Stuttgart Beethoven Music Festival, Luzern Music Festival and the Schleswig - Holstein Music Festival, among others.