Jon Yu (b. 1988) is a Taiwanese-American composer whose works explore notions of ritual, utility, and excess. His music has been performed in Germany, Singapore, and throughout the United States by ensembles and soloists such as Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Signal, Wet Ink Ensemble, Trio SurPlus, Eco Ensemble, Earplay, Transient Canvas, clarinetist Matt Ingalls, saxophonist Brien Henderson, trumpeter Chad Goodman, 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), IRCAM’s ManiFeste (2018), and Festival Musica (2018). He was also the recipient of the 2017 Mivos/Kanter Prize. Upcoming projects include a trio of flute, trumpet, and viola for members of Ensemble InterContemporain, and a vocal sextet for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.
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, Richard Festinger, and Benjamin Sabey. He has also participated in master classes and private lessons with Steven Takasugi, Klaus Lang, Kaija Saariaho, and Ming Tsao. For the upcoming academic year 2018-19, Jon will be living in Paris as a fellow of the George Ladd Prix de Paris.