Meet Orchestra Hall Concert Soloist Aiden Yu

As we gear up for Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, May 19, we are sitting down with concert soloist Aiden Yu. Aiden was the winner of Symphony Orchestra’s 2023 Concerto Competition and will perform Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Aiden talks about his violin upbringing, hobbies outside of music, practice strategies, and more! Read on for the full interview.


How long have you been playing the violin and what inspires you to continue playing it?

I have been playing the violin since I was two years old, and I continue to play because it has given me a purpose to pursue music as a means of influencing the world around me. I find joy in striving towards a higher quality craft, sharing this musical language with others, and being able to impact the lives of others. 

Do you have a favorite composer and piece to play?

My favorite composer is Tchaikovsky, and my current favorite piece to play is the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major. 

What is your favorite memory that involves playing violin or music?

My favorite memory of playing the violin was when I played in the Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition Finals in 2023. I had practiced hours and hours, honing every detail of the piece, and when I finally performed it, it felt like an emotional release. It felt like I had ascended to another plane, where everything flowed and I was able to feel every note. 

How have you been preparing for your upcoming performance?

To prepare for my performance, I have been focusing on drawing out the lyrical side of Paganini, which is easily overlooked, in order to provide an operatic feeling of multiple characters. I want the audience to feel these various characters above the technical aspects of the concerto. 

How has being in CYSO influenced your musical development?

CYSO has provided me with countless opportunities to develop my technique through the difficulty of the pieces we perform, but more importantly, it has helped me develop my leadership and awareness. Through CYSO, I was able to gain experience and confidence in leading a section, while also being aware of other parts to know when to follow. In addition, I have been able to gain this community in which we are able to work together and share the music we make, and I am heavily inspired by the love each individual at CYSO has for music to further my musical journey. 

What do you do outside of school and music?

Outside of school and music, I am passionate about fashion and the way I am able to express myself through clothes, and I also enjoy playing golf.   

Anything else you’d like to share with our audiences?

It is my honor to be able to share this music with you and I am sincerely grateful for your time. 

Aiden Yu performing at the fall 2022 CYSO at Orchestra Hall Concert

Be sure to catch Aiden’s performance at our Spring Orchestra Hall concert on May 19. Get your tickets today!

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