Praised for her “full-bodied, rich and warm tone” (Cleveland.com), Cleveland-based violinist Ann Yu has captivated audiences with her beautiful sound, sensitive musicality, and engaging performances, drawing inspiration from her faith and her surroundings. Ms. Yu is the 1st prize winner of the 26th Annual Darius Milhaud Competition and has soloed with the CIM Orchestra twice, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra, among others.
An avid chamber musician, Ann has collaborated with Janine Jansen, Franklin Cohen, Mate Szucs, and Peter Slowik, attended prestigious chamber music festivals such as Caroga Lake, Thy Festival in Denmark, Kneisel Hall, Perlman Music Program Workshop, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Credo, where she currently serves as faculty.
Ann’s biggest passion lies in creatively using music to serve the community. She has received grants from the Cuyahoga Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice to create unique, community-centered storytelling projects, collaborating with local organizations such as the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center, Case Western Reserve University Department of Dance, and the Foluké Cultural Arts Center.
Ms. Yu is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, receiving her master’s and bachelor’s degree in violin performance studying with Jaime Laredo, Jan Sloman, and William Preucil. She is a Teaching Artist for The Cleveland Orchestra and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students, some of whom are members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Akron Youth Symphony, and alumni of the Credo Chamber Music Festival.
Besides performing and teaching, Ann enjoys a variety of hobbies including swing dancing, training in krav maga, dabbling in historical performance and other musical genres, and volunteering as a wetland monitor for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.