Zhao Yu Er
In preparation for her career as cellist with the SSO, Zhao Yu Er has travelled as far away as the United States. Her journey began in Shanghai, China, where she began studies on the cello at the age of eight. Within three years Yu Er was enrolled at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. After completing her Bachelor's degree in 1984, she joined the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. A year passed before she ventured to America on a full scholarship to Northern Illinois University. Private teacher Marc Johnson helped provide the inspiration for Zhao Yu Er until she received her Masters Degree in 1987. Soon after she returned to Asia to join the SSO in 1988. Yu Er enjoys travelling and is also an avid watch collector.