Hyeree Yu was first introduced to the viola at the age of eleven in her youth symphony orchestra in Seoul, South Korea. After she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University with Professor Eunsik Choi, her passion for music brought her to the United States in 2012. She went to the Yale School of Music, completing both a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma with a full scholarship, studying with Ettore Causa. During her time at Yale, Hyeree won the 2015 Chamber Music Competition and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize, which goes to the violist whose performances exhibit the highest potential for success as a soloist or chamber musician. From East to West Coast, she received an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2017 with a full-tuition scholarship and grants for room and board, where she studied with Paul Coletti.
Hyeree Yu's love for playing solo, chamber, and orchestral music led her to the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Maine, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, and the Gstaad String Academy in Switzerland. She attended the Music Academy of the West as a Zarin Mehta Fellow, performing Brahms' Symphony No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic in January 2017. Currently, she is a tenured member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra managed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Long Beach Symphony, as a section violist.