Mason Yu, violin
Mason Yu has appeared as chamber musician, soloist, and concertmaster around the world and has won awards for both violin and piano. As a founding member of the Omer Quartet, he received Grand Prize and Gold Medal at the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Highlights of the past few years included solo appearances with the Lucerne Festival Academy orchestra (L. Berio Chorale su Sequenza VIII) the Aspen Music Festival Philharmonic Orchestra (P. Hindemith Violin Concerto), the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra (B. Bartok Violin Concerto no. 2), under the batons of Pablo Heras-Casado, Jane Glover and Joel Smirnoff, as well as with the conductor-less Cleveland Philharmonia (L. v. Beethoven Violin Concerto and A. Piazzolla Four Seasons). As an accomplished pianist, he won first prize in the Tuesday Musical Competition and also performed both violin and piano solos consecutively at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for its Conservatory Series.
With the Omer Quartet, Mason has performed with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin and the Assad Brothers. They have performed concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy, as well as conducted masterclasses for local student ensembles. The quartet has been invited to the La Jolla SummerFest, the Aspen Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and the Banff Centre.
Mason is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the New England Conservatory studying with Donald Weilerstein. At NEC, he performed 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. In addition, he served as concertmaster of the NEC orchestra, performed with the Bach Ensemble, collaborated with [nec] shivaree—the avant-garde ensemble of NEC. Previously, Mason received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Ivan Zenaty, and completed minors in economics and piano performance, studying with Gerardo Teissonniere. At the Cleveland Institute, he led the orchestra at Severance Hall and the New Music ensemble as concertmaster as well as won the concerto competition and received the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize.
Mason is extremely fortunate to perform on an A&H Amati generously loaned by the Colburn Collection, c. 1600.