Principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wei Yu will join the faculty in autumn 2025

Wei Yu

Cellist Wei Yu

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The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has announced the appointment of Wei Yu to its cello teaching faculty. Yu will begin his role in autumn 2025 alongside his job as principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Yu has already been involved at CIM as a visiting faculty member. Executive vice president and provost Scott Harrison commented: ’In his short time at CIM, Wei Yu has quickly become a treasure and one of the friendliest faces on campus.

’He is universally praised by students and his fellow faculty alike, and we are delighted to increase his role at CIM as he helps us deepen our impact on the future of classical music.’

Yu has been principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2014, where he was appointed by former music director Leonard Slatkin. Prior to this, Yu was a member of the New York Philharmonic for seven seasons.

He holds degrees from North Park University and The Juilliard School. Outside CIM, he has taught at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Interlochen Arts Camp, Meadowmount, and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra. 

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