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...


April 16, 2023
Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra: Winners’ Showcase
3:00PM @ Knox Presbyterian Church (Waterloo, ON, Canada)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Matthew Jones, conductor; Vanessa Yu, soloist
Tickets available here.

April 18, 2023
Third Year Recital
2:30PM @ University of Toronto Faculty of Music – Geiger Torel Room (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Solo works by Haydn, Debussy, Scriabin, and more; degree recital as partial fulfillment of the BMusPerf degree

April 29, 2023
Odin Quartet
7:00PM @ Infiniti Strings Hall (Markham, ON, Canada)

Schumann: Piano Quintet – Alex Toskov, violin; Tanya Charles Iveniuk, violin; Matt Antal, viola; Samuel Bisson, cello; Vanessa Yu, piano

May, 2023
Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra: New Generation Artist Celebration
Virtual Performance Series

Solo works by Chopin, Debussy, and Santoro


Debussy: L'isle joyeuse, L. 106

Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses, op. 54