A native Taiwanese, Jasmine Yu began learning piano at age four, and viola at age eleven. Prior to coming to the United States, she had been performing regularly in Taiwan as a solo pianist, violist, chamber and orchestra musician. She then decided to focus on viola playing, and had performed with prestige orchestras at the Taiwan National Performing Arts Center multiple times. She was also the first prize winner of the Taiwan National Viola Competition in 2003.
After immigrating to the United States, Jasmine graduated from the University of California, San Diego with an Honor Degree in Viola Performance. She then completed her master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory in 2017. Her teachers include promising violists in the United States, such as Che-yen Chen, Helen Callus, Chi-Yuan Chen, Jodi Levitz and Jay Liu. As a chamber musician, she had performed master classes for established chamber ensembles, including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Amphion String Quartet, and the Del Sol Quartet. In 2016, she was also a full-scholarship recipient for Liandu Music Festival, a prestige music festival in China dedicated to train future chamber and orchestra musicians.
Upon graduating, Jasmine is now an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestra musician, and music teacher in the bay area. A classical music lover and an advocate for new music, she is passionate about premiering new works by emerging and talented composers. She had worked with promising new music composers active nowadays, including Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, and Michael Gordon. She also enjoyed working with fellow composers and musicians.
As an enthusiastic music teacher, Jasmine aims to provide positive guidance and diligent approach to music learning. She teaches violin, viola, and piano. Her overall goal is to have her students experience the fun and the reward from the art of music making. To achieve such objective, students will need to obtain solid techniques, concrete music knowledge, efficient practice methods, growing patience, and a healthy amount of confidence. Jasmine strongly believes the huge impact psychology has on each student’s musical progress. Therefore, she keeps parents in the loop of all time, to create an encouraging and honest environment for all parties. Only then will students benefit the most from their music lessons.