Mason Yu, Violin

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Mason Yu first got into music as a pianist- his aunt was a piano teacher and frequent visits meant constantly being near music. He discovered the violin at age 7 after completing his first piano examinations. While anxiously waiting outdoors for test results, he heard a violinist warming up with a Mozart violin concerto. Instantly, Mason was attracted to that sound and begged his parents to start learning the instrument.

Since then, he has appeared as chamber musician, soloist, and concertmaster around the world and has won awards for both violin and piano. He has been featured soloist of 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 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. Mason received additional graduate degrees from New England Conservatory studying with Donald Weilerstein. Now, he is pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Maryland and mentored by David Salness.

Mason is interested in non-profit missions. In 2015 he was Music for Food's first educational fellow in which he helped the musician-led hunger-relief organization spread its mission to high school students. In 2018, he was accepted to the Non-Profit Leadership Certificate program at the University, where he plans to acquire ideas and knowledge from non-profit organizations in other sectors and industries.

Mason spends his spare time working on his online marketing agency to help local small businesses acquire customers through search engine optimization and lead generation.