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Yat-Soon Yeo


Yeo Yat-Soon was born in London of Chinese parents. He studied Music and Historical Musicology at King’s College London, and Harpsichord and Conducting the Guildhall School of Music, where he won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord. He performs widely as a harpsichordist, specializing in performing in historic buildings. Regular venues include the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, Handel House Museum, Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare and Strawberry Hill House in the UK, and Kammersaal Friedenau and the Music Instrument Museum, Berlin in Germany. Yat-Soon also specializes in baroque opera and has conducted for London Baroque Opera, City of London Festival and Opéra de Baugé. He plays with the ensembles Divertissements Chinois, Follia, The Stanesby Players and Camerata Berolinensis (Berlin). His current project with Divertissements Chinois entitled 'First Encounters - Musical Encounters from the Dawn of the Global Age' explores connections between Chinese and European musicinas in the 17th and 18th centuries and were chosen as grantees in the March 2023 round of Continuo Foundation Grants. Yat-Soon performs regularly at the South Bank and St John’s Smith Square and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM radio and BBC1, BBC4 and Channel 4 television. Yat-Soon has had a long association with education, having been Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School and The Lady Eleanor Holles School. He currently teaches harpsichord, coaches chamber music and lectures on historical performance and basso continuo for the Collective for Early Music Performance and Research at the University of Birmingham.