Vanessa Yu
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CBC Music 30 Under 30

Vanessa Yu


Named one of CBC Music's top 30 emerging musicians under 30, Toronto-based pianist Vanessa Yu is establishing herself as a sensitive and vibrant musician. As the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Pacific Rim International Music Festival, she received an invitation to perform at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York City.

About Vanessa


Vanessa has presented solo and chamber programs for series including the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Generation Artist Celebration, Confluence Concerts, and Thursdays at Noon at the University of Toronto. Most recently, Vanessa gave solo recitals for the International Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and the Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation in Canada...

CBC Music | 2022 Edition

30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30

The first thing to know about Vanessa Yu is that she's a cake fiend. "I will happily eat cake for any meal of the day," she admits. Of course, there are worse vices, and who knows, this one could be fuelling her success: Yu won the grand prize at the 2021 Pacific Rim International Music Competition, which comes with an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in January 2023...


May 11, 2024
Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra: Let There Be Liszt
7:30PM @ Scarborough Citadel (Scarborough, ON, Canada)

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Ronald Royer, conductor; Vanessa Yu, soloist

Spring TBD, 2024
Fourth Year Graduating Recital
University of Toronto Faculty of Music – Walter Hall (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Solo works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann, and more; degree recital as partial fulfillment of the BMusPerf degree

Summer TBD, 2024
Toronto Concert Orchestra
Palais Royale (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Sharon Lee, conductor; Vanessa Yu, soloist

TBD, 2025
Kindred Spirits Orchestra
(Markham, ON, Canada)

Kristian Alexander, conductor; Vanessa Yu, soloist


Debussy: L'isle joyeuse, L. 106

Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses, op. 54