One of Canada’s most exciting pianists, Avan Yu sprang to international attention when he triumphed at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2012, winning First Prize along with nine special awards.
1st Prize-Winner in the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition
The 1st Prize-Winner will be offered a major return tour in Australia in March and April 2014
Avan Yu will perform in the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in 2013
Avan Yu will perform in the Bochum Festival in 2014
Avan Yu will give the world premier in 2014 with the Sydney Youth Orchestra with a new piano concerto by Gerard Brophy.
Prize for the Best Performance of a Concerto by Mozart
Prize for the Best Performance of a Work by Beethoven
Prize for the Best Performance of Chamber Music Work
Prize for the Best Overall Performance of a Work from the Romantic Period
Encouragement Award for the Runner-Up of the People's Choice Prize
Best Prize for a Male Pianist
Prize for the Best Performance of a Work by Haydn.
“Hailed as a pianistic force with an astonishing sensitivity far beyond his years”, Avan Yu has appeared as soloist with orchestras and conductors around the world, including Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos and the Dresden Philharmonic, Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Morocco Philharmonic, Real Filharmonica de Galicia, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra.
In recital, Avan has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Nacional Auditorio de Musica in Madrid. He is an avid chamber musician - and has collaborated with celebrated musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Cuarteto Casals, Armida Quartett, Johannes Moser, and Geoff Nuttall.
Born in Hong Kong, Avan moved at the age of nine to Vancouver with his family. His teachers include Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham in Vancouver, and Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Avan won the Gold Medal at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of seventeen, and the Silver Medal and People's Choice Award at the Santander International Piano Competition in 2008. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR Radio in New York, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Television and Radio, China Central Television and Radio, Radiotelevisión Española, Radio Nacional de España, the NDR Kultur Hamburg and the Südwestrundfunk. Recording projects with Naxos and ABC Classics are planned for the coming season.
He is generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Avan Yu – Pianist
The Events Centre, Michinton Street, Caloundra
Sunday 13th of April 2014
Tickets: Full Price: $28.00 / Concession: $25.00 / Students: $16.00
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The Events Centre, Caloundra
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