Natalie Yu, violin

Colburn Conservatory

How did you choose your instrument?

My brother, who is 7 years older than me, had been playing the violin and I guess I was drawn to the same instrument as well since I heard it so much growing up.  My mom actually really wanted me to play the piano but I kept insisting on violin lessons instead.

What piece are you most excited to play this upcoming season? 

I’m incredibly excited to play Mahler 5 since it is one of my favorite Mahler symphonies.  I also love the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2, and I can’t wait to be able to work with Ms. Lisitsa again.

What have you learned from AYS so far and what are you hoping to gain from AYS in the future?

AYS is probably the largest orchestra I’ve played in so far, and I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned during my time in AYS is the importance of listening; not only to my section and trying to constantly blend and create a “section” sound rather than “individual” sounds, but also to listen to other instruments and the entire orchestra in general.   Playing in AYS has definitely instilled in me great ensemble playing skills as well as helped me grow as a musician by a tenfold, especially since Maestro Treger is always helping us and inspiring us to look past the notes and make music.

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