Violinist Stephanie Yu is an avid performer, collaborator, and educator based in New York City. She has performed in concert venues across the United States and around the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. An awardee of the Merv Griffin Memorial Scholarship, Stephanie was a guest soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra at their 53rd annual Gala held in the historic Beverly Hills Hilton; she was delighted and surprised to find herself on a program hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and with iconic actor and director Clint Eastwood.
A versatile collaborator, Stephanie enjoys doing projects with all types of artists. Featured in an independent series called Hair Stories, she worked with a filmmaker and hairstylist in a short that involved her improvising on the violin while getting a trim. As a studio musician she has played on several film scores, and has shared the stage with a variety of artists ranging from pop icon, Rihanna to soul singer, Bilal.
In addition to her own classical violin studies, Stephanie continues a pursuit of the arts through teaching and community involvement. Through spoken word and music, she most recently was a volunteer with Shining Light Prison Ministries, a Performing Arts initiative that shares hope with the incarcerated. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, she and a team of Juilliard students gave concerts in temporary housing complexes in Japan’s Tohoku region, the community most affected by the tsunami. Stephanie has also travelled to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil to work with the students of Neojiba, a program based on the highly successful Venezuelan music program ‘El Sistema.’ At Juilliard, she was an Instrumental Music Program Fellow at P.S. 11 and P.S. 84 schools, English Teaching Fellow, Colloquium Peer Mentor, and Gluck Community Service Fellow.
Stephanie has been a fellow of the Perlman Music Program, London Masterclasses, Castleton Festival founded by Lorin Maazel, National Symphony Orchestra Music Institute, ENCORE School for Strings, and Aspen Music Festival. Originally from Los Angeles, she was a scholarship student at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and has received support from a variety of institutions, including The Colburn Foundation, Leni Fe Bland Foundation, Young Musician’s Debut Foundation, Howard P. Allen (Edison International) Children’s Scholarship Committee, and the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Stephanie holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Juilliard School, as a recipient of C.V. Starr and Teplitsky Memorial scholarships. She has been under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki, Joseph Lin, Catherine Cho, Bing Wang, and Alexander Treger.