Davis You, 20
2022 Finalist
United States

Cellist Davis You is a sophomore and presidential scholar at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently studies cello with Laurence Lesser, and has previously studied with Jonathan Koh. His awards include first place in the 2018 Korean-American Music Supporter’s Association Competition, second place in the 2021 Long Island Conservatory LISMA International Music Competition, winner of the 2018 Felix Khuner Competition, semifinalist in the 2020 Klein International String Competition, first place in the 2016 California American String Teacher’s Association Solo Competition, and semifinalist at the 2017 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. He has appeared on several shows and programs across the nation, including the San Francisco International Piano Festival, the Noontime Concerts series, and NPR’s From the Top radio show.

In addition to his solo work, Davis is dedicated to using music to positively impact his community through his membership in the Back to Bach Project, which connects with local schoolchildren through interactive classical music presentations. He also was the first Klein Teaching Artist and co-designer for the Music, Mindfulness and Storytelling Program, a project that gave low-income children in San Francisco’s Chinatown an introduction to using music as an expressive language. This summer, Davis will be attending the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival. He currently plays on a 1795 Forster cello generously on loan from the New England Conservatory.