A native of Taiwan, hornist Yu-mien Tsao started her music education at the age of 6. Since then, she has been enrolled in the music program at many prestigious schools in Taiwan and undertook her horn study under the direction of many outstanding teachers. In 2000, she earned her bachelor degree in horn performance from Soochow University. The same year she turned down the job offering from Taipei Symphony Orchestra and decided to continue her further training in horn performance in Boston, U.S.A.. In 2002, she received her Master’s degree from Boston University where she was a student of Eric Ruske, former member of the Empire Brass. And from 2002 to 2004, she was offered full tuition to continue her study with the principal horn of Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Sommerville, at Longy School of Music as an Artist Diploma candidate. As an orchestra musician, Tsao has been active both in Taiwan and the US. The orchestras she has worked with include Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Hingham Symphony Orchestra (USA), Newton Symphony Orchestra (USA), Symphony By the Sea orchestra (USA), Bilbao Philharmonic Orchestra (Spain), Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea) and Daejeon Art Orchestra (South Korea). She has also served as the assistant principal horn of Brockton Symphony Orchestra (USA) from 2001-2004. A member of the National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan) since October, 2012, Tsao is also on the faculty of National Tainan University and Tainan University of Technology.