Violinist Chandler Yu has established herself as a multifaceted artist through her work with the intersectional and idiosyncratic. Classically trained, she has given solo recitals in Austria and throughout the US, and her performances in the past decade with festivals and orchestra tours have taken her around the world. 

Chandler was invited to participate in the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Music Festival, and New York Orchestra String Seminar orchestra programs starting from 2012. Since then she has performed with the Colburn Orchestra and New World Symphony on their orchestra tours to Ireland, the UK, and Puerto Rico. She has performed in chamber music masterclasses for the Ebene Quartet at the Fontainebleau Festival amongst many others during her time at the Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy and Zephyr Chamber Music Festival from 2016 – 2019. With an interest in cross genres and contemporary classical music, she has also worked with the Los Angeles based grammy nominated ensemble Wild Up, and she more recently premiered electronic chamber works in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. 

As a firm believer in creating positive change, Chandler joined the LA Phil’s first hackathon in 2017 where she worked with engineers to devise proposals that escort classical music outside concert halls. Shortly after, she and her quartet colleagues were awarded Rice University’s Richter Grant. Their program of Mozart and jazz was admitted into the greater Houston regions, reaching a kaleidoscope of communities. Her desire to understand diverse groups and build cross-cultural bridges inspired her to become involved with the non-profit organizations Street Symphony and UN Women LA in 2018. She curated a series of grass roots chamber concerts in Skid Row and Chino Hills, showcasing female empowerment to promote gender equity awareness. She also co-produced and premiered an experimental chamber opera based on Sylvia Townsend Warner’s feminist classic, Lolly Willowes. 

In the past year, Chandler has arranged, recorded, and produced tracks with creatives for television and music therapy purposes. During the pandemic, songwriting and sound collage sparked her imagination. She was invited to work with a producer to create tracks that traverse acoustic and synthetic sound worlds. Their album is set to be released in September 2023. Chandler is currently based in Los Angeles and in addition to music, she is a photographer, project manager, and marathoner.