Kristin Pfeifer Yu
Violinist Dr. Kristin Pfeifer Yu is Lecturer of Violin at Valdosta State University, where she also serves as Principal Second Violin for the Valdosta Symphony Orhestra, and second violinist for the Azalea String Quartet. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Pfeifer began playing violin at the age of four, studying with Suzuki pedagogue Hiroko Driver-Lippman. She received her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of the Verdi String Quartet, one of the fellowship string quartets in residence. As an active chamber musician, Dr. Pfeifer has had the opportunity to work with St. Martin in the Fields, the Ying Quartet, members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Trio Solis. She has attended numerous summer festivals such as the Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Indiana University String Academy, and Colorado College Summer Music Festival, among others. With her experience as a Suzuki registered teacher, Dr. Pfeifer took the initiative to help start the Character Center String Academy, an afterschool enrichment program for grade school students in Tallahassee, FL.
Throughout her career, Dr. Pfeifer has performed with numerous orchestras including the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Pfeifer has worked with conductors such as Robert Spano, Matthias Bamert, Andrés Cárdenes, Grant Llewellyn, Scott Yoo, and Scott Speck. She currently serves as Co-Principal Second Violin for Sinfonia Gulf Coast, where she also helped start an outreach chamber music program for the Okaloosa and Walton County Schools. Most recently in May 2014, she performed for the Rosemary Beach Foundation’s Music in Pictures with violinist Dr. Benjamin Sung, violist Dr. Pamela Ryan, and cellist Greg Sauer.
Dr. Pfeifer received her Doctor of Music from Florida State University, where she studied with and served as graduate teaching assistant to Eliot Chapo, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Pfeifer’s published doctoral treatise is entitled Augusta Read Thomas’s “Sun Threads” for String Quartet: A Study and Performer’s Guide. As an advocate for new music, Dr. Pfeifer continues to expand and explore 21st Century compositions for solo violin as well as repertoire for mixed instrumentation with the traditional string quartet. Her former teachers and mentors include pedagogue Almita Vamos, Michael Davis, Margaret and Benjamin Karp, Daniel Mason, Stefan Hersh, and Corinne Stillwell.