To make a professional-quality violin requires the combination of centuries of old-world technique and craftsmanship with modern, cutting-edge technology. George Yu has actively sought out access to study, and play, rare instruments by classic masters such as Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, Amati, and others, through individuals and institutions throughout North America. Over the years, he has built up an extensive collection of photographs, tracings, measurements, CT scans, and plaster casts of these instruments, all of which are invaluable in his work of creating fine instruments that emulate the sound of these masters.
At the 2014 VSA Violin Making Competition, Mr. Yu's violin received Certificates of Merit for both Tone and Workmanship - one of only three violins to receive double-distinction prizes, out of the 246 violins submitted for the competition. Another of Mr. Yu's violins was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Tone at the previous biennial VSA competition, held in 2012.
After initial studies in basic violin-making techniques, Mr. Yu studied with Alan Carruth, an expert in violin plate tuning. He also participated in summer sessions at the University of New Hampshire with Karl Roy, a retired director of the Mittenwald violin making school in Germany. After this, Mr. Yu began to study violin-making full-time. He is a 1999 graduate of the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. After graduation, Mr. Yu apprenticed with master luthiers Ken Meyer and Di Cao in suburban Boston. Mr. Yu continues to refine his art, regularly attending violin-making and acoustics workshops sponsored by the Violin Society of America at Oberlin college in the summers.