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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 throughout the United States and Europe by ensembles and soloists such as Mivos Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Signal, Eco Ensemble, Earplay, Transient Canvas, clarinetist Matt Ingalls, and haegeum player Soo Yeon Lyuh. His works have been programmed at festivals such as June in Buffalo (2014), Dian Red Kechil International Young Composers Residency (2015), Walden School Composers Forum (2014), SICPP (2016), Darmstadt Ferienkurse (2016), Pacific Rim Music Festival (2017), Festival Musica (2018), Festival Barcelona Modern (2019), and impuls Festival (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.”

Jon is currently pursuing his PhD in composition at UC Berkeley, where he studies with Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno, and Edmund Campion. He has also participated in master classes and private lessons with Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Rebecca Saunders, Philippe Manoury, Klaus Lang, and Ming Tsao. For the academic year 2018-19, Jon is in residence in Paris as a fellow of the George Ladd Prix de Paris.