Winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition, Avan Yu has appeared as soloist with Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos and the Dresden Philharmonic, Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony, in addition to concerto appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Morroco Philharmonic, Real Filharmonica de Galicia, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Windsor Symphony and Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra.
Hailed as a “pianistic force with an astonishing sensitivity far beyond his years” (La Presse), Avan has performed chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for the Prime Minster of Canada, and appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Philharmonie in Berlin, Madrid's Nacional Auditorio de Musica, the Sydney Opera House, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Avan also won the Gold Medal at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of 17, 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 ABC, China Central Television and Radio, Radiotelevisión Española and Radio Nacional de España, the NDR Kultur Hamburg and the Südwestrundfunk.
Born in Hong Kong before moving to Vancouver at the age of nine, Avan studied piano with Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham and Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.