Brisbane-born Jennifer Yu is a pianist interested in creating meaningful, immersive and relevant music experiences. Jennifer is currently in her final semester of performance training with pianist and pedagogue extraordinaire Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where she is enjoying the search for her creative voice. Jennifer is also exploring her interest in harpsichord music with harpsichordist Ann Morgan. Jennifer is a graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music and First-Class Honours on full scholarship, and studied with Shan Deng and Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey.
In 2020 Jennifer received the Brett Dean Prize for Most Outstanding Performance of an Australian Work for her ANAM recital with Michael Kieran Harvey's Toccata DNA, and was highly commended for her recording of the first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 2 in the ANAM Concerto Project. She also received the ADFAS Yarra Prize for Most Outstanding Recital Program for her 2019 ANAM recital of works by George Crumb, György Ligeti, Charles Ives and Béla Bartók. Jennifer has also appeared as a soloist with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 22, and with the Tasmanian Conservatorium Orchestra.
A versatile and open-minded collaborator, Jennifer has performed alongside ANAM guest artists such as Roy Howat, Lisa Moore, Sara Macliver, Emma Pearson, Stefan Dohr and Umberto Clerici. As a music teacher Jennifer is passionate about sharing the joy and fulfilment of the diverse pursuit that is music-making. She has also worked as a repetiteur for various choirs. Jennifer is also a proud member of the Melbourne-based ASTRA Choir, and is always looking for ways to diversify her musical experience. Outside of music she enjoys capoeira, meditation and language-learning.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Beleura - The Tallis Foundation, Estelle Redlich
Photo by Pia Johnson