George Yu became a luthier after working nearly a decade as an engineer. He is a graduate of the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. Upon graduation, he apprenticed with the noted violin maker Ken Meyer in the greater Boston Area. He is based in Louisville, KY.
George was awarded Certificates of Merit for both Tone and Workmanship, for the violin he entered at the 2014 VSA violin making competition. Another of his violins was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Tone at the 2012 VSA competition. He has been a regular attendee of one or both VSA events at Oberlin College — Violin Makers Workshop and Violin Acoustics Workshop — since 2005. George was guest columnist for the March 2018 issue of The Strad Magazine’s “Trade Secrets”. The Library of Congress published the blog entry “Researcher Stories: The Violins of George Yu” in August 2021.
Mr. Yu will be presenting a violin at the 2022 Contemporary Violin and Bow Makers Exhibition. While the photos below are not of the instrument that will be featured in the Exhibition, they are strong representations of this maker’s exceptional work.