Steven Lu, violin
Winner of the 2023 Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition
Friday, April 14, 2023
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Steven Lu is a 16-year-old violinist from Plano, Texas. He began studying violin at the age of five and a half, and has since developed an incredible passion and love for the violin and classical music. Steven has been the recipient of various prizes; namely, the 2022 first prize and grand prize of the Collin County Young Artists Competition, the 2023 first prize and grand prize of the Juanita Miller Competition, the 2023 first prize and grand prize of the Vernell Gregg Competition, and the 2022 second prize of the Lynn Harrell Competition. Additionally, he was invited to perform at the 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in the summer of 2022, was invited to study at the Heifetz International Institute of Music hosted in Staunton, Virginia.
Steven has appeared as a soloist in various concert venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. He has had the opportunities to play for esteemed violinists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Martin Beaver, Richard Lin, YooJin Jang, Nicholas Kitchen, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Hagai Shaham, Shannon Lee, and Augustin Hadelich. In addition to this, Steven has had the opportunity to collaborate with various renowned pianists such as Rohan de Silva, Jessica Xylina Osborne, Beilin Han, and Hyun Soo Kim. Currently, he studies under the tutelage of the internationally acclaimed violinist Stefan Jackiw, and his former teachers include the late Jan Sloman, professor of violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to playing the violin, Steven formally studies composition and is also currently actively composing and orchestrating original works of classical music. In his leisure time, Steven likes to listen to music, create content on social platforms, and discover new foods to eat.