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Avan Yu

At the age of 22, Canadian pianist Avan Yu has already performed in recital and with orchestra on four continents, consistently captivating audiences with his extraordinary musicianship. Avan made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall's famed Weill Recital Hall last year after winning Silver Medal at the 16th Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition. Avan Yu first came to national attention by winning first prize at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of seventeen. He is also the only pianist to win First Prize in both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition.

Avan made his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen in a performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. According to the Vancouver Sun, "He was astonishing, bringing out all the piano's harmonic depths and especially the music's poetry." Avan was then immediately re-engaged to perform the same work for a gala Summer Concert before an audience of 8,000 people. Since that time, he was engaged by the VSO for five of the six most recent seasons, including performances of the Chopin Concerto in F minor, the Prokofieff Second Piano Concerto, and Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition as part of their RussiaFest. This spring he performed, as their featured soloist when the orchestra undertook their first Canadian tour in 30 years, in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City to great critical acclaim.

In the past few years, Avan has collaborated with orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Victoria Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic in China, Orchestre Philharmonique of Morocco, B.C. Chinese Orchestra, Seattle Northwest Philharmonia, and Seattle Youth Orchestra.

In addition to orchestra appearances, he has performed for the WQXR in New York, CBC, NDR Kultur Hamburg, UNESCO, Spanish National Radio and Television, Animato in Paris, the Chopin Club in Warsaw, Vancouver Women's Musical Society, Far East Broadcast Corporation, Canadian Vocal and Performing Arts Society, Vancouver Chopin Society, Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver as well as a tour of ten Chopin recitals in British Columbia. Avan has also been invited by Debut Atlantic to tour the Canadian Atlantic Provinces in the 2009/10 season.