Mason Yu has appeared as chamber musician, soloist, and concertmaster around the world and has won awards for both violin and piano. Highlights of the past few years included concerto appearances with the Lucerne Festival Academy orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, and the Cleveland Philharmonia, working with such conductors as Pablo Heras-Casado, Jane Glover and Joel Smirnoff. In 2013, he consecutively performed both violin and piano solos at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for its Conservatory Series.
Mason has attended the Aspen Music Festival for eight summers, once as the Dorothy DeLay Fellow and most recently as part of the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies fellowship. Other music festivals include the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Mason received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2013 as a student of Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Ivan Zenaty. He also completed minors in economics and piano performance, studying with Gerardo Teissonniere. During his time at CIM, he won first prize in the Darius Milhaud Competition, the Institute’s concerto competition, and the Tuesday Musical Scholarship award in piano. He led the CIM orchestra at Severance Hall and the New Music ensemble as concertmaster and was a member of Cleveland Pops.
Currently, Mason is pursuing his masters degree at the New England Conservatory, studying with Donald Weilerstein. In his first year, he has served as concertmaster of the NEC orchestra, performed with the Bach Ensemble, collaborated with [nec] shivaree—the avant-garde ensemble of NEC, and performed with NEC’s graduate resident trio, Trio Cleonice, in their newly formed series Trio Cleonice and Friends. Mason also plays in a piano quartet which was offered an ensemble fellowship in the Community Performances and Partnerships Program, a program dedicated to linking NEC with the Boston community by providing musical engagement outside of the normal concert venue.
Mason is extremely fortunate to perform on an A&H Amati generously loaned by the Colburn Collection, c. 1600.
This performance marks Mason Yu's La Jolla Music Society debut.
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