Joseph Yu B.A. MMus (Melb), PPRNCM, is an internationally renowned brass player, and teaches Brass, Woodwind and Percussion. Many of his students have professional position overseas. Joseph’s performance have been enthusiastically received in many countries including those of Asia, the UK, Italy and New Zealand.
In Hong Kong he spent more than 10 very fruitful years working in all aspects of music, the culmination of which was the formation of the Hong Kong Young Musicians’ Wind Orchestra (HKYMWO). In Australia he has taught and conducted at Melbourne University and now teaches brass at Camberwell Girls Grammar School and Mount Waverley Secondary College, as well as directing the Moorabbin Brass Band. He also performs regularly with some of the top brass bands in Australia and is a regular member of Kew Band Melbourne.
Born in Hong Kong, Joseph’s trombone studies began early and led to prestigious scholarships won at home and abroad. These resulted in the study of the trombone and conducting with some of the most famous teachers in the U.K. The valuable experience gained has led to him being sought for solo and supplementary work with ensembles and orchestras in Hong Kong, and now in Melbourne.
Joseph came to Melbourne in 2004, and with his wife, Jennifer Chou, they have performed as a duo at the Ballarat Goldfield Music Festival, the Promenade of Sacred Music in Hamilton, Victoria, and in the XX Festival Internazionale Storici Organi della Valesia (Italy).
In 2007 Joseph was the guest conductor for the Hong Kong Wind Orchestra (HKWO) and conducted a concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, in which he presented his audience with Music for Prague 1968, a Pulitzer Prize work by Czech composer Karel Husa.
In 2009 Joseph was the guest conductor for the Hong Kong Metropolitan Winds in the Jeju International Band Festival in South Korea.
In July 2011 Joseph was one of the clinicians for the Hong Kong Band Conducting Workshop, working along with Dr. Robert Ambrose, Director of Wind Studies and Ensembles of Georgia State University. He was also one of the Artist Faculty members of the SliderAsia Trombone Festival 2011, coaching and performing alongside some of the best trombone players in the world while also giving a solo recital of trombone and organ during the festival.
Joseph performs on a Stomvi Titan Trombone, sponsored by the Stomvi Art and Technology, and Sax and Woodwind in Sydney, Australia.