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Sean Yu

Sean Yu is a 1 5year-old cellist, who is in his 5th year at The Juilliard School Pre-College division. He has been studying with Minhye Clara Kim since the age of nine.


Sean won 4th prize at the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan in June 2017.


He was selected to appear on a National Public Radio’s “From the Top” with Host Christopher O’Riley and performed at NEC’s Jordan Hall in October 2016.  “From the Top” featured video of Sean’s performing and posted on their Facebook and YouTube.


At age 12, Sean was accepted into the Perlman Music Program, where he spent his summer intensively studying chamber music, cello performance, and orchestral music under the tutelage of Merry Peckham, Astrid Schween, Zvi Plesser and Itzhak Perlman.


Sean was invited to perform in the Intrepid Museum of NYC for the “Remembering Our Fallen” veterans’ 9/11 memorial in 2016.


He has been playing monthly at the Drug Rehabilitation Center at the Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in NYC since 11 years old.


 He performed Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations on a Rococo Theme as a soloist with St. Thomas Orchestra at White Plains, NY in 2017.


In 2016, Sean won 1st prize at the Camerata Artists International Competition and performed as a soloist with the Camerata Orchestra at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.


Sean performed at the Merkin Concert Hall again after winning grand prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition and first prize at the International Grande Music Competition in 2016.


Sean was also awarded 1st prize at the 17th New York Music Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in 2014.


He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and a member of the Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble at many prestigious venues including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Peter J. Sharp Theater, Jordan Hall, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Wilson Theater and Merkin Hall.

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