Cellist Yi-Mei Templeman connects with a wide range of audiences by blurring the lines of classical music performance. She aims to creatively fuse genres, and to rethink the typical presentation of classical music in order to welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and musical worlds into her distinctly emotive storytelling. Yi-Mei has performed throughout Asia, South America, Canada, and the United States, bringing her music to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, MIT, and the Nokia Theater. She has spent past summers at Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program and the Tanglewood Institute, where she was principal cellist of the Young Artists Orchestra. She also toured Taiwan with the National Taiwan Youth Symphony and performed in the International Piatigorsky Festival alongside cellists Sol Gabetta, Mischa Maisky, and many others. Yi-Mei has participated in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Paul Watkins, and Norman Fischer, as well as members of the Takacs, Brentano, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. She has worked extensively with mentors Vivian Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Max Levinson, Antonio Lysy, and Clive Greensmith, and studied with LA Phil's associate principal cellist, Ben Hong, for four years. Yi-Mei's previous quartet received first place at the Classics Alive Artist Management Competition.
Especially passionate about educating and forging personal connections with audiences, Yi-Mei was recognized by the TED organization as an international student leader, and was invited to help organize and host a student TED Talks event at their headquarters in NYC. She also brought her cello-playing to outreach events as an ambassador for both the TED-Ed and Classics Alive Artists organizations in hopes of providing more context for classical music outside of the concert hall.
Yi-Mei is currently pursuing a B.M. with Lluis Claret at New England Conservatory. When not practicing or rehearsing, you can find her songwriting for voice and cello-guitar, hunting for vintage thrift stores, solving Rubik’s Cubes, or practicing yoga. You can find her original music on her Instagram, @yimei.cello.