Yupeng Cai is a viola player from Chongqing, China.
He is currently studying for a Masters degree at Royal Northern College of Music with the associated head of string, Louise Lansdown. He also completed a BMus hons degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Louise Lansdown as well in 2023.
Heavily involved with various commitments at RBC, Yupeng’s highlights include being Principal Viola of RBC’s Symphony Orchestra for the 2022/2023 academic year, performing the Brahms’ sextet No.1 alongside Tim Smedley.
Externally, Yupeng has played in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, played in the Benslow Music festival, and performed the Ravel string quartet in Warwick University.
Yupeng has received masterclasses from some of Europe’s leading violists, including Thomas Riebl, Martin Outram, Timothy Ridout, Robin Ireland and Lucy Nolan. Yupeng plays an instrument made by Antoine Gourdon in 2021.