A native of Harbin, China, NI YAN received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Upon her graduation, she was appointed the Principal Harp with the China Radio Symphony in Beijing. In 1986, she joined the United States International University Orchestra in San Diego. Following this, she moved to Cincinnati where she completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1989. She has performed in Paris, London, Mexico, San Diego, Cincinnati, Dayton (Ohio), as well as Philadelphia and Chicago. She is in demand as Principal Harp with several regional orchestras of Central Ohio, as well as performing as Substitute Principal Harp and Second Harp for the Columbus Symphony. She has been invited to China to participate in the Second Shenyang International Music Festival in May 1994 and has been featured as soloist with various orchestras, and in chamber music performances throughout Central Ohio. As a member of Lyric Harp Duo, she has arranged and recorded a CD, (Jude Mollenhauer & Yan Ni) “Holiday Harps.” In 2010, Ni Yan was named Visiting Professor of Harp at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music.
She lives in Dublin, Ohio, and maintains a busy free-lance and teaching schedule.