Qing Hou, violinist
Qing Hou has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1997. A native of China, Hou studied at the Central Conservatory in Beijing before coming to the United States in 1988 to continue her studies. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the New England Conservatory. Before joining the Chicago Symphony, she was a member of the San Francisco Symphony. In Chicago, Qing and CSO violist Lawrence Neuman (now her husband) founded the Lincoln String Quartet, now in its 21st season. Qing has also performed chamber music with Mistral Music in Boston, Music in the Vineyards, the Sun Valley Festival, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, El Paso International Chamber Music Festival, and the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Festival. She has toured Europe and South America with various chamber ensembles. She has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today. As a soloist, Qing Hou has appeared with orchestras in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, and China. In the fall of 2003, she made her first appearance as soloist with the Chicago Symphony performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G Major conducted by Daniel Barenboim.