Born in Guiyang in 1974, Yuan began the study of clarinet at age eleven and entered the middle school attached the Central Conservatory of Music in 1987, under Professor Yuan Fu Huang. In 1992, he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music for clarinet performance under Professor Chun Xiao Tao. In 1996, he graduated with honors and began his life as a teacher in the Central Conservatory of Music. In 1997, Yuan left for advanced study at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music in Holland under Professor Herman Braune.
Yuan has earned an impressive list of awards: First Prize and Special Award for Chinese Work Performance at the 1st National China Clarinet Competition; First Prize of the 1st China Woodwind Chamber Music Competition.
As a soloist, Yuan began performing as soon as he graduated from high school, winning the attention of various authorities. He was invited to perform with a chamber music ensemble of the Central Conservatory of Music while on tour in France, receiving great praise. He played a recital in the concert hall of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2003, and performed with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra on many concerts. He was invited to perform at numerous festivals including the Festival of the Central Conservatory of Music, the Modern Festival of the Central Conservatory of Music, the Xi An International Clarinet Festival, and the Shanghai International Clarinet Festival. Since 2006, he has performed recitals and given lectures throughout China.
Yuan joined the China Philharmonic Orchestra as deputy principal clarinet in 2005. With them he has toured hundreds of cities in Asia, Europe and America, and worked with many famous conductors and soloists.
Yuan is also one of the first Chinese clarinetists to play the modern works for clarinet. He was a member of the China Modern Music Ensemble. Yuan has also made many recordings, including albums of clarinet solos and masterpieces for the clarinet. In 1996, German record company WEGO published his laser disc. Yuan has also published several articles on such topics as “how to play clarinet” and “the developmentof clarinet.”
With a beautiful sound and proficient technique, Yuan’s playing is impressive and passionate. As an active soloist, teacher and recording artist, he gives recitals and chamber music concerts frequently throughout China.
Yuan has been a Buffet performing artist since 2007.