Twenty-year-old pianist Daniel Yu of San Ramon, California, often noted for his clean technique and attentiveness to tone color, has a long list of solo performances to his credit. Yu, whose formal piano lessons began at the age of six, was named a prizewinner for his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C, K. 245, in the sixteenth annual United States Open Music Competition held in Oakland, California (February ‘08). He has been awarded prizes in the Music Society’s Musicians of the Future Solo Competition, the Contra Costa Solo Piano Competition, the 2015 MTAC Panel Competition and has previously studied under Steinway Artist Oscar Macchioni and Royal Academy of Music alumnus Betty Woo.
As a soloist, Mr. Yu has performed Jeux d’eau by French Impressionist Maurice Ravel at the MTAC State Convention in San Jose, as well as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue under the baton of Music Director LeAnn Isaac for the El Paso Independent School District's orchestra competition. In May 2015, he was also awarded a Diploma in Music from the American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers in recognition of outstanding musicianship and extensive accomplishments as a pianist.
Daniel Yu is currently a third year Piano Performance Major in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Redlands. In addition to a four-year talent award, he is a recipient of the Lehigh Endowed Piano Scholarship and is also a member of the University of Redlands’ Chapel Singers. He has worked with prestigious music ensembles including The Who, Chanticleer and the King’s Singers, as well as other great figures in music, such as Rod Eichenberger and Libby Larsen. He currently studies under the direction of Artist Professor Louanne Long.
Above all else, Mr. Yu truly enjoys sharing music with others. He maintains a large group of private piano students that he teaches through the University of Redlands Community Music School.