Chi-Yu graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge, before turning to a musical career
He then studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Nicholas Rodwell, Angela Malsbury and Richard Addison, where he graduated with a DipRAM and also won many prizes and awards.
After leaving the Academy, Chi-Yu undertook further studies with Thea King and Angela Malsbury, assisted by Myra Hess and Ian Fleming Awards. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed Principal E flat Clarinet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, before joining the London Symphony Orchestra as Sub-Principal in 1998. In 2008 he was appointed Principal E Flat Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.
His freelance work has included playing as Principal with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. He has also for the last three years been Principal Clarinet with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, including performances as soloist under Myung Whun Chung. He has also invited to play with the Worldwide Chinese Festival Orchestra in Beijing as Principal Clarinet, and soloist under Jahja Ling.
Chi-Yu enjoys a varied spectrum of work with the London Symphony Orchestra, including playing Principal Clarinet and E Flat Clarinet for the world’s top conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Myung Whun Chung and Daniel Harding.
As a chamber musician, Chi-Yu has played with pianists Roger Vignoles, Piers Lane and Simon Lepper and has also played with the Nash Ensemble and Endymion at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St George’s Brandon Hill, and the Barbican Hall. Recently he has performed the Brahms Trio at LSO St Lukes and with the Worldwide Chinese Woodwind Soloists Octet in the National Centre for Performing Arts May Festival in Beijing.