Avan Yu

Avan Yu ( born July 19, 1987 in Hong Kong ) is a Canadian pianist of Chinese origin.


With 23 years of Canadian pianist Avan Yu already occurs in concerts on four continents and impressed by his extraordinary musicianship. He is the winner of the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize at the International Piano Competition in Santander Paloma O'Shea in 2008 and is the only pianist who won both categories ( junior and senior ) of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. He is also winner of several national and international competitions, including 1st prize at the Chopin Competition in Canada and second prize at the Cantu International Music Competition.

His debut at Carnegie Hall ( Weill Recital Hall ) New York took place in October 2008. Recently he appeared in Ottawa in a charity concert, including with Yo- Yo Ma, and Pinchas Zukerman. In the last season he was part of the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, at the Rheingau and Bad Kissingen festivals and at the Chopin Festival in Montreal, Toronto, Marianske Lazne, as well as in other cities.

At the age of 14 years, Avan Yu debuted with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he is regularly invited for concerts; in May 2009 he was a soloist of the orchestra's first concert tour in 30 years. Avan Yu et al played also with orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic, Real Filharmónia de Galicia, Symphony of broadcasting Slovakia, New Lausitz Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic in China, Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra and Seattle Youth Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR New York, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR Kultur Hamburg, SWR, China Central Television and Radio, Radiotelevisión Española and Radio Nacional de España.

Other concerts include debuts at the Philharmonie with the BerlinClassicPlayers, recitals at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam ) and chamber music at the Kissinger summer.