Esther Yu, cello
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Esther Yu (cello), 15, is from Rye, New York, and attends Rye High School while studying cello with Minhye Kim in The Juilliard Pre-College Division. She won third prize in the 2015 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., and was a semifinalist in the eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She is also the principal cellist of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. Outside of music, Esther loves to volunteer for non-profit organizations, inspired by her father, who goes to Peru as a medical missionary.