Hailed by The Times U.K. as a pianist who exerts 'excellent, positive work at the piano', and praised by Viktor Merzhanov, Piano Professor at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as 'an artist whose manner of playing is notable for its good taste and sense of style', Carol Yu is a pianist renowned for her exquisite tone and versatile technique. Her engaging performances embody poetry, lyricism and intensity in equal measure, and have been capturing audiences worldwide.

Carol Yu has been appointed a 'Steinway Artist' in 2011, joining a distinguished list of concert pianists worldwide. Her active performing career has taken her to major concert halls in London (Southbank Centre and Barbican Centre), Austria, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan, China and SE Asia, appearing in such prominent events as the International Chopin Festival in Austria,the Park Lane Group Series in London, as well as the London Messiaen Festival and International Piano Festival in Kuala Lumpur. She was also performed for the House of Lords in London and the Chopin Society in Vienna. She was Artistic Director and Principal Pianist of the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong SAR Reunification celebration concert in Shanghai.

She has collaborated with renowned conductors Li Xin-cao , and given concerto performances with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has appeared with distinguished musicians from around the world including the Meridian Ensemble , cellists Richard Bamping, Artem Konstantinov, Ashley Sidon, violist Jeremy Williams and violinist Jue Yao amongst others.

Her numerous recordings received critical acclaim internationally, amongst them are her solo album of Chopin and Beethoven piano works released by URM Audio (UK), a live recording made for Moscow Radio, as well as a DVD series released by Brio Music.

Apart from performing, Carol is currently Artistic Director of Manhattan International Young Artists Music Festival, Honorary Advisor of Tom Lee Music Academy, Artistic Director of Prima Arts International, Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund Awardees Association, and Juror in major competitions in the region such as Asia Pacific Regional Finals of Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition.

She is on the piano faculty of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University, and gives masterclasses in Hong Kong and abroad. Her broad musical interests moreover encompass giving presentations and workshops on Music Performance and Music Psychology at the World Conferences of the International Society of Music Education and Asia Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research.

Carol studied piano with renowned masters Viktor Merzhanov, Irina Zaritskaya and Andrzej Esterhazy (pupil of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus) and Hamish Milne, worked with celebrated pianists Kendall Taylor, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich and Bernard Roberts, and studied chamber music with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynn Harrell and the Amadeus Quartet.

A recipient of prestigious scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund, Carol graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with Bachelor and Master Degrees in First Class Honours, winning numerous accolades for her achievements including the Whyte Memorial Fund Award for the Most Outstanding Student of the Year. She further obtained the Master of Arts in Performance from the Musikhochschule Trossingen in Germany.




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