Brisbane-born Jennifer Yu began learning piano at age five in Shanghai, although she did not particularly enjoy it until about age 13. She is a recent graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Shan Deng. Receiving First Class Honours in her Bachelor of Music, other awards during her time in Tasmania include a full UTAS Classical Piano Scholarship, and first prizes at the UTAS Piano Competition and local eisteddfod. Jennifer also holds Licentiate and Associate Diplomas in piano performance from the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Jennifer has a particular interest in contemporary classical music. Some of her performance highlights include a world premiere of Surge by the Australian composer Peter Myers in 2017, with pianists Michael Kieran Harvey, Dr. Arabella Teniswood-Harvey and Jack Barnes. She has also performed excerpts of Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto no. 5 with the Tasmanian Conservatorium Orchestra in 2015. From 2013-16, Jennifer played orchestral keyboard as a part of the Hobart-based Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), as well as within various local groups.
Jennifer is currently pursuing further performance studies with Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). She is keen to push her potential, ultimately hoping to make a real, positive difference in peoples' lives with her music. Outside of music, Jennifer is passionate about animal rights and enjoys learning languages, cooking seitan, volunteering, and exploring new places in her spare time.
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