Works performed by Earplay:

Pnema

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, 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 Forums (2014), SICPP (2016), the Darmstadt Ferienkurse (2016), and the Pacific Rim Music Festival (2017). He was also the recipient of the 2017 Mivos/Kanter Prize.

Jon holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University. He 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, Mark Andre, Kaija Saariaho, Ming Tsao, and Joshua Fineberg.

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