Known for her “full-bodied, rich and warm tone” (Cleveland.com), twenty year-old violinist Ann Yu started piano at the age of four and violin at the age of seven. She has since won many competitions and awards such as the Akron Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the Buckeye State Strings Competition, the Chinese Professional and Entrepreneur Association Scholarship for Strings Competition, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Kurzdiel Award for Excellence in Music, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the CIM Preparatory Division Concerto Competition, the CIM Outstanding Senior Award, and the CIM Alumni Association Preparatory Division Award for Academic Achievement. Ann has won scholarships from the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Akron Youth Symphony, the Credo Chamber Music Festival, the Foulger International Music Festival, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory String Department, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Tuesday Musical Association’s Arden J. Yockey Scholarship.
She has soloed with the Akron Youth Symphony, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, the Credo Chamber Players, and the Cleveland Orchestra, and has made her solo debuts in E.J Thomas Hall, Severance Hall, Reinberger Hall, and the Ballroom of Chicago Symphony Hall. She has performed in masterclasses for Ning Feng, Lee Joiner, Joseph Lin, Paul Kim, and Noah Bendix-Balgley. As an orchestral musician, she has performed under the batons of Christopher Lees, James Feddeck, Brett Mitchell, David Robertson, James Ross, Lee Mills, Carl Topilow, Kimbo Ishii, Stephen Smith, Theodore Kuchar, Jaime Laredo, and Jahja Ling, sat in principle positions in the Akron Youth Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster in the CIM Orchestra, performed in numerous venues throughout the United States and Europe such as Severance Hall, the Purchase College Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, the Jay Pritzer Pavilion, Walk Festival Hall, Weill Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Mozarteum, and Dvorak Hall, and has accompanied world-class soloists such as Gil Shaham, Jinjoo Cho, Emmanuel Ax, Laurie Smukler, Daniel Shapiro, Jaime Laredo, and Cho-liang Lin. In 2014, she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra-USA where she toured nationwide, appeared on the radio show From-the-Top, and performed in outreach programs. She had the honor of attending the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2015, and returned to perform with them in 2016 in celebration of the New School Concert’s 60th Anniversary.
An avid chamber musician, Ann is the first violinist of the Aurelia String Quartet of the CIM Intensive Quartet Program. The Aurelias currently study chamber music with Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet, and perform throughout the community in outreach concerts. They performed in a master class by Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Caroline Stinson, and performed with clarinetist Franklin Cohen in a concert for the CIM Women’s Committee. Outside of CIM, Ann has attended Foulger Interational Music Festival the Credo Chamber Music Festival for four years. She has performed in masterclasses for the Fry Street Quartet and Arianna Quartet, as well as Matt Haimovitz, and has received chamber coachings from Stephen Clapp, James Howsmon, Karen Burgman, Scott Kluhksdahl, Henry Gronnier, Stephen Shipps, Anne Williams, Brian Dumm, Michael Davis, Lee Joiner, Matthew Michelic, Steuart Pincombe, Hiroko Yajima, Steven Tenenbom, and Daniel Phillips.
Ann commits herself in serving the community through music. She continues to share her music in churches, nursing homes, private homes, and charitable events. She teaches privately and has coached young chamber groups. On multiple occasions, Ann was invited to perform for the Tuesday Musical Association, the St. Cecilia Choral Society, and the Friends of Music.
Ann Yu is currently junior studying with William Preucil as a Violin Performance major
at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also worked with David Updegraff, David Russell,
Ping Yu, Ke-qiang Li, Wei-fang Gu, Xiao-fu Zhou, Stephen Clapp, Stephen Shipps, Marilyn
McDonald, and Si-hong Ma.
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