Contestant 23: Avan Yu
Praised as a “pianistic force with an astonishing sensitivity far beyond his years”, Avan Yu has appeared as soloist with orchestras and conductors such as 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, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Nacional Auditorio de Musica in Madrid.
Born in Hong Kong, Avan moved at the age of nine to Vancouver with his family. He studied piano with Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham in Vancouver, and currently studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Avan won 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 broadcasted on WQXR Radio in New York, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Network, China Central Television and Radio, Radiotelevisión Española, Radio Nacional de España, the NDR Kultur Hamburg and the Südwestrundfunk.
Besides his accolade in Sydney, Avan has received the 1st Prize at Missouri Southern IPC and 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at XVI Paloma O’Shea Santander Int’l Piano Competition.
Here’s a little video presentation of Avan Yu.