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Thomas Yu

Third Prize Winner

Senior Division

Second Canadian Chopin Competition, 2004

Thomas Yu has redefined what it means to be an amateur pianist, having  performed with BBC Orchestra of Wales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Cape  Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Calgary  Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de  Paris, to name a few. He has appeared as a guest soloist at Berliner  Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Munich Gasteig, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Théâtre  du Châtelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Hakuju  Hall in Tokyo, as well as Roy Thomson Hall, National Arts Centre and  Glenn Gould Studio in Canada. He continues to delight audiences across  five continents while maintaining a full-time career as a periodontist.  In 2016, Yu was the unanimous winner of the prestigious 7th Cliburn  International Amateur Piano Competition in Texas, taking home the gold  medal as well as Press and Audience Awards. Ten years earlier, he also  swept the Paris International Competition for Outstanding Piano  Amateurs. In the span of this decade, Yu also won the 2015 CBC’s Piano  Hero, 2014 Honens Pro Am Competition (Calgary), 2012 International  Amateur Piano Competition (Manchester), 2010 B&B International Piano  Competition (New York), and 2009 Bösendorfer International Piano  Competition (Vienna). Yu is also a winner of several national  competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian  Federation of Music Teacher’s Association Piano Competition.

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