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Jon Yu (b. 1988) is a Taiwanese-American composer whose works explore notions of ritual, utility, and excess. His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists such as Mivos Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, AuditivVokal Dresden, Eco Ensemble, Earplay, Transient Canvas, AsianArt Ensemble, and haegeum player Soo Yeon Lyuh, and programmed at festivals such as June in Buffalo (2014), Dian Red Kechil (2015), SICPP (2016), Darmstadt Ferienkurse (2016), Pacific Rim Music Festival (2017), Festival Musica (2018), Festival Barcelona Modern (2019), impuls Festival (2019), and outHEAR New Music Week (2019). He was the recipient of the 2017 Mivos/Kanter Prize for his string quartet “O reche modo,” and was the laureate of the Prix Alain Baltes for his vocal sextet “PEK TI.” From 2018-19, he was in residence in Paris as a fellow of the George Ladd Prix de Paris.

Jon is currently a PhD candidate in Music Composition at UC Berkeley, where he studies with Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno, and Edmund Campion. He holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University, where he studied with Benjamin Sabey. He has also studied privately with Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Rebecca Saunders, and Pierluigi Billone. From 2020-21, he studied in the Cursus Program on Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM under Thierry De Mey.