Jeffery Yu '22, Piano

Emerson Fellows Solo Recital

April 09, 2021 | 05:00 pm

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About the Performer:

Jeffery Yu is a third-year undergraduate at MIT studying math and physics. Music has been close to his heart since a young age, having played piano for 15 years and violin for 9. He initially studied with Larissa Korkina at the Westminster Conservatory of Music, where he was a four-time scholarship recipient and a winner of the Westminster Conservatory Concerto Competition where he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with the Princeton Community Orchestra in 2013 at Alexander Hall in Princeton University. Since moving to Virginia, he has studied with Marjorie Lee. He has won awards for both solo and duet performances, including winning the 2017 Virginia MTA Piano Concerto Competition and the 2016 Young Musicians Inspiring Change Chamber Music Competition.

He currently studies with Yukiko Sekino and has participated in the Emerson Scholarship Program the past two years and joined the Emerson Fellowship Program this year. In addition to solo piano, he enjoys playing with others in ensembles including MIT’s Chamber Music Society and Symphony Orchestra. Outside of piano, he also plays violin in the MIT Symphony Orchestra and the Video Game Orchestra.                                                         

About the Emerson Program:

Funded by the late Mr. Cherry L. Emerson, Jr. (SM, 1941) the Emerson Program offers merit-based financial assistance for private lessons to MIT students of outstanding achievement on their instrument or voice in classical, jazz or world music via competitive auditions. Each academic year, the Emerson program for private study offers half scholarships and full scholarships to approximately 50 qualified students out of about 100 who apply and audition for scholarships and fellowships. Auditions are held at the start of the fall semester. Private teacher selections, made in consultation with the music faculty, may include instructors from MIT or from the greater Boston musical community. ​


Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (1820)                                   Ludwig van Beethoven
                                                                                                                    (1770 – 1827)

I. Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio espresivo
II. Prestssimo
III. Gesanvoll, mit innigster Empfindung, Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo


Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15 (1838)                       Robert Schumann
                                                                                                                     (1810 – 1856) 

 I. Von fredmen Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
II. Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
III. Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Bluff)
IV. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
V. Glückes genug (Happy Enough)
VI. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
VII. Träumerei (Dreaming)
VIII. Am Camin (At the Fireside)
IX. Ritter von Steckenpferd (On the Rocking Horse)
X. Fast zu Ernst (Almost Too Serious)
XI. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
XII. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
XIII. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)


Two Concert Etudes, S. 145 (1863)                                                                 Franz Liszt
                                                                                                                    (1811 – 1886)

I. Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs)
II. Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes)



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