John Bruce Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1977, the first Asian musician ever appointed to the CSO and now the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history. He currently serves as Assistant Principal Clarinet and Solo Eb Clarinet of the CSO and has performed as guest principal of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea, and the Guangzhou Symphony in China.
A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. An enthusiastic champion of new music, John Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams. His more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. Yeh is director of Chicago Pro Musica, which received the 1985 Grammy Award as “Best New Classical Artist.” With clarinetist Teresa Reilly, erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Yeh formed Birds and Phoenix, an innovative quartet dedicated to musical exploration by bridging Eastern and Western musical cultures.
John is on the artist-faculties of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts, and Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He is the proud father of Jenna Yeh, culinary artist and wine specialist in Chicago; Molly Yeh, percussionist and Food Network TV personality in Minnesota; and multi-talented teenager Mia Reilly-Yeh.