Yuyu Ikeda, violinist, recently graduated with a Masters degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Laurie Smukler. She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and violin performance from the Oberlin College and Conservatory, under David Bowlin. Previously, she studied with Koichiro Harada and Linda Rose.
Yuyu debuted as a soloist at the age of ten with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, and since then has performed with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County and the Ueno Orchestra in Japan. An avid orchestral musician, Yuyu toured in 2023 with the New York Classical Players, and served as concertmaster of the 2022 Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. She also held principal positions in the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra and Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, where she developed valuable knowledge and expertise in different periods of classical music.
Yuyu has also extensively studied chamber repertoire at Juilliard under coaches Ronald Copes, Jonathan Feldman, and David Finckel. In 2019, she participated in the Sarasota Music Festival where her chamber performance was broadcast on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase. In 2022, her quartet was invited to perform in Juilliard’s Focus Festival for contemporary music.
As an educator, Yuyu has been teaching private violin, orchestra, and chamber lessons for several years. She is a teaching fellow at Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program and at Midori and Friends, where her mission is to make music lessons more accessible to children around New York City. In 2022 and 2023, she performed in Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up concert series, an educational program to introduce classical music to young children.