Yu departs the New York Philharmonic to take up the role of assistant principal second violin in Cleveland, along with fellow new appointment Luke Sieve on bass trombone


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The Cleveland Orchestra and its music director Franz Welser-Möst announced the appointment of two new orchestra members. Jason Yu will take up the role of assistant principal second violin and Luke Sieve will begin his role as bass trombonist from 8 January 2024.

Violinist Yu will hold the James and Donna Reid Chair. He joins the Cleveland Orchestra from the New York Philharmonic, where he was a member since 2015. Prior to that, he was a second-year fellow at the New World Symphony, serving as concertmaster under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and also appeared as a soloist, having won the concerto competition. In addition, Yu has performed in the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta symphony orchestras. 

Yu is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka and Joseph Lin. He received additional instruction from Mark Steinberg at the CUNY Graduate Center. Yu served as concertmaster for the Juilliard orchestra as well as the Verbier Festival Orchestra and has participated Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Encore School for Strings.

’When I first heard The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center as a student in 2005, it left an indelible impression on me,’ Yu said in a statement. ’I’m so grateful I get to start this new chapter as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra and create lasting memories with my fellow colleagues.’

Fellow Cleveland appointment bass trombonist Luke Sieve worked at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its 2021–22 season. He has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and National Arts Centre Orchestra.  

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