An intimate evening with the Yu Brothers: music of Telemann, Handel, and more
Please join us for an intimate concert in the lobby of Doc Rando Recital hall. This program features the Yu Brothers (recorder virtuoso Alex Yu and gambist/cellist Ka-Wai Yu), joined by Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord. Audiences will enjoy an informal seating arrangement, close to the performers.
The event is free and open to the public.
Alex Kwok Wai Yu is a versatile musician who embraces a career as a clarinetist, recorder player and conductor. He has given solo performances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Theatre in Hong Kong Cultural Centre, among others. Currently based in New York City, Yu has been featured in the 92nd Street Y Concert Series, Long Island Composers’ Alliance Concerts and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. Yu holds degrees in clarinet performance from University of Michigan and Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY. His major teachers include Charles Neidich, Andrew Simon, Deborah Chodacki and Martin Choy. He received his advanced diploma in orchestral conducting from Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studied under Maurice Peress. During his study at Queens College, he was awarded the David Stahl Award for Conducting. As a sought-after recorder player, Yu has given concerto performances with the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and was recipient of the Paul Maynard Award in Early Music in 2012. Yu’s Baroque trio Concentus has been selected to perform in the Midtown Concerts series administered by Gotham Early Music Scene in New York. Yu is also currently the assistant conductor of the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra in New York.
Cellist and viol player Ka-Wai Yu is Associate Professor of Music at Dixie State University, where he teaches cello and directs the string chamber music program. Originally from Hong Kong, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many major concert halls in Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States, and is currently the Principal Cellist of Southwest Symphony Orchestra. His recent engagements include solo concerto appearances with Orchestra of Southern Utah, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Jacksonville Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra. A recipient of scholarships from Early Music America and the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Dr. Yu has performed with such period-instrument ensembles as Cosmopolitan Baroque, La Réunion Musicale, Concentus, and the Viol Consort of Champaign-Urbana, and has performed at the American Bach Soloists Academy, Early Music Vancouver, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe. Dr. Yu holds a D.M.A. in Cello Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and B.A. and M.M. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He has studied with baroque cellist Jaap ter Linden and viola da gambist Wendy Gillespie. He has also worked with Tanya Tomkins, Elisabeth Reed, Robert Mealy, Wilbert Hazelzet, and Sandra Miller, among others. In today’s performance, Yu will be performing on a 7-string viola da gamba made by Peter Hütmannsberger (2000) generously loaned from Lisa Terry.
Jonathan Rhodes Lee has performed as harpsichord soloist and continuo player across North America and Europe. He can be heard on the MSR, Equilibrium, and Navona labels, and he has appeared with ensembles such as Mercury Baroque (Houston), the New Century Chamber Orchestra (San Francisco), Cosmopolitan Baroque (Las Vegas), the San Antonio Symphony, and others. Lee holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California, Berkeley, and he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands. His teachers have included Joscelyn Godwin, Laurette Goldberg, Davitt Moroney, and Jacques Ogg. Lee serves as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where his work as a musicologist focuses on eighteenth-century repertoires and film music.
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.