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...


Jan 25, 2023
Pacific Rim International Music Festival: International Grand Final Competition and Gala Concert
Carnegie Hall – Weill Recital Hall (New York City, NY, USA)

Featuring the grand prize winners of the final round — solo program to include works by Haydn, Chopin, and Morawetz.

Feb 22, 2023
Music from the Great Hall: Solo Recital
7:30PM @ Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Solo works by Haydn, Chopin, Scriabin, Santoro, and more
*Open to club members only

Jun 6, 2023
Texas State International Piano Festival: Finale with the Central Texas Philharmonic Orchestra
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre (San Marcos, TX, USA)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Stefan Sanders, conductor; Vanessa Yu, soloist (winner of the Texas State International Piano Festival Concerto Competition).


Debussy: L'isle joyeuse, L. 106

Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses, op. 54