Jon Yu (b. 1988) is a Taiwanese-American composer whose works explore notions of ritual, utility, and excess. His music has been performed in France, Germany, Singapore, and throughout the United States 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), and Festival Barcelona Modern (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 holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University, and is currently pursuing his PhD in composition at UC Berkeley. His principal teachers have been Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno, Edmund Campion, Richard Festinger, and Benjamin Sabey. He has also participated in master classes and private lessons with Steven 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.