Yi He

Yi He


Chinese-American clarinetist and educator, Yi He presently serves as Chair of Woodwinds at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He is also the National Chair of China for the International Clarinet Association. He also serves as guest Principal Clarinetist in the orchestra of the National Center of Performing Art.

Mr. He’s life has been submerged in music since his childhood. Having been born into a family of professional musicians, at 11 he began studying clarinet with his father, Fu-Xing He. Yi He received his B.M. in the U.S. at Baylor University while studying under Dr. Richard Shanley. He then went on to complete his M.M. at Temple University under the tutelage of Mr. Anthony Gigliotti.

While studying in the U.S, Mr. He performed with the American Water Way Wind Orchestra. They went on tour performing in a number of European countries including Holland, England, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Russia. He was the Principal Clarinetist for the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Mr. He has also performed solo recitals at ClarinetFests in Porto, Portugal, and Los Angeles, U.S.A. Additionally, he has given recitals and masterclasses in many cities throughout China.

Mr. He has participated in a number of competitions. At the International Clarinet Association Competition in Richmond, Virginia in 1988, he was awarded third place. In 1988-89 during the Music Teachers National Association Competition, he was the winner of the Texas and Southwest Region. He was the winner of the wind division in the National Young Artist Competition in Midland-Odessa, TX in 1993.

Mr. He has taught many students who have won awards in international and national competitions, such as the International Clarinet Assosiation competition and Chinese National Woodwind Competition in 2008, 2012, and 2015.

Mr. He also made his solo clarinet album in 2009 and educational DVD in 2011.

Performs On

Lumière Bb Clarinet