Yaoji Giuseppe Fu
Giuseppe was appointed as 2nd trombone of the Jacksonville Symphony in January 2023, at the same time, completing his undergraduate degree at the Juilliard School in May 2023.
Born in Hong Kong, Giuseppe first started his trombone journey with Mr. Jarod Vermette, Principal Trombone of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. He moved to New York City in 2016 at the age of 15 as a bass trombonist and studied with Dr. Denson Paul Pollard at The Juilliard Pre-College on a full scholarship. Since then, he has won various competitions, most notable being the first bass trombonist to win the concerto competition of The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra in 2016. He made his bass trombone solo debut by premiering Eric Ewazen’s Concertino for Bass Trombone and Orchestra with the Pre-College Orchestra. In 2017, Giuseppe won the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition (age 20 and under) at the International Trombone Festival.
He then switched back to tenor trombone under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph Alessi. In 2018, he won the Asia Brass Festival Trombone Competition (Age 16-21 Category) in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2022 summer, he won the concerto competition of the National Repertory Orchestra, where he made his tenor trombone solo debut with the orchestra by performing Nino Rota’s Trombone Concerto.
In addition to being a soloist and orchestral trombonist, Giuseppe is also an active chamber musician. He was one of the founders of Metropolis Brass, a well-sought-after brass quintet based in New York City. In 2021, he had the privilege of participating at the American Brass Quintet Seminar with Brass22 and performed with the American Brass Quintet at the Aspen Music Festival as a fellow.
Giuseppe was honored to perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, under the batons of world-class conductors including Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, and Long Yu.
Giuseppe is the holder of the HK Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund Scholarship, and a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, in the studio of Mr Joseph Alessi as class of 2023.
In Giuseppe’s spare time, he enjoys cooking, exercising and is an avid car enthusiast.