Welcoming a restart without self-degradation or fear.

With the negativity surrounding a restart - that a mistake has been made, that we should be ashamed of that mistake, that we must wipe the slate clean - it’s no wonder we can be so reluctant to embrace a restart because it would require us to come face-to-face with a weakness or failure on our part. But perhaps on the contrary, in order to continue evolving as human beings, and as creative people, we must come to a place of honoring and respecting the past. And that by doing so, we have the freedom to restart as many times as is necessary for us to move forward.

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What qualities does a 21st-century performer need? To flourish in an era without conventions but full of possibilities, an artist needs flexibility, creativity, and courage. Described by the New York Times as a player of “virtuosic flair and dexterous bravery,” contemporary violinist Yuki Numata Resnick has what it takes.

Once an exclusive preserve, new music now recognizes few boundaries between genres, styles, or formats. Yuki’s artistic life tells its own story: her playing can be heard on labels from Deutsche Grammophon (Max Richter: Sleep; Richard Reed Parry: Music for Heart and Breath) and edition rz (Clara Iannotta: A Failed Entertainment) to 4AD (Beirut: No No No; The National: Trouble Will Find Me) and Warp (!!!: Strange Weather, Isn’t It?). Groups she has played with range from indie bands Beirut and Blonde Redhead to new music specialists ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and Talea Ensemble. She has also performed as soloist with the Knoxville Symphony, Tanglewood Orchestra and Wordless Music Orchestra.

On her 2016 debut solo album, For Ko., Yuki interweaves the movements of J.S. Bach’s Partita No.1 in B minor with newly commissioned responses from Caleb Burhans, Clara Iannotta, Matt Marks, and Andrew Greenwald. These are all composers with whom she has developed a close musical relationship. Others include Jóhann Jóhannsson and Max Richter, for whom she has performed the eight-hour Sleep and been soloist in his Vivaldi Recomposed, both at Sydney Opera House.

Collaboration and the creation of community are guiding values for Yuki, and exemplified with her non-profit organization Buffalo String Works, BSW. Yuki is a founder and Artistic Director of BSW which provides music lessons for children of refugee and immigrant families on the west side of Buffalo, NY. BSW is also a training ground for the college-age teachers and future artistic leaders who work with its young participants.

Born in Vancouver, Yuki holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. Her mentors include Zvi Zeitlin and Andrew Jennings.

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In order to keep evolving as creatives and human beings, we must come to a place of honoring and respecting the past, that by doing so we actually have the freedom to restart as many times as it is necessary. — Yuki Numata Resnick

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