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Avan Yu

First Prize Winner

Senior Divison

Second Canadian Chopin Competition, 2004

One of Canada’s most exciting young pianists, Avan Yu achieved international recognition when he triumphed at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2012, winning First Prize along with nine special awards. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and at venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Koerner Hall in Toronto, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Sydney Opera House. Recent engagements include Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Kingston Symphony (Canada), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Hans Abrahamsen Left, Alone (Canadian Premiere) with Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kamloops Symphony and the KSHG Orchester Muenster and solo recitals in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.

In Germany, he has performed at festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Fruehling, Kissinger Sommer and Ruhr Klavierfestival, and for the President and the Bundestag President of Germany. His latest recording of Liszt's Transcriptions of Schubert's Winterreise and Schwanengesang, released by Naxos, won positive reviews from critics at Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide, Fono Forum, among others.

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