Grammy-winning violinist Yvonne Lam served as a co-artistic director and violinist/violist of Eighth Blackbird for eight years. In 2017, she co-founded the Blackbird Creative Lab, an intensive tuition-free training program for performers and composers in Ojai, California, as a way to inspire future generations of artists to champion new work and engage audiences with innovative and dynamic performances. Lam also served three seasons as Assistant Concertmaster of the Washington National Opera Orchestra and as Associate Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist in many world renowned orchestras.
Lam studied violin and piano at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and continued her studies for two years at the Peabody Institute. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, and her Master of Music from the Juilliard School. Winner of the silver medal at the 2005 Michael Hill World Violin Competition, Lam has also garnered top prizes at many other national and international competitions.
She is the Assistant Professor of Violin at Michigan State University.
Henry Meyer Endowed Violin Chair