Brisbane-born Jennifer Yu began learning piano at age five in Shanghai, although she did not really enjoy it until about age 13. She is a recent graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Shan Deng and Dr. Arabella Teniswood-Harvey. 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. 2 with the Tasmanian Conservatorium Orchestra in 2015. From 2013-16, Jennifer played orchestral keyboard as a part of the Hobart-based Australian International Orchestral Institute (AISOI), as well as within various local groups.
Jennifer is looking forward to moving to Melbourne for further performance studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2018. She is keen to push her potential further and learn more about the philosophy in music, ultimately hoping to make a real, positive difference in peoples' lives with her music. Jennifer enjoys cooking seitan, learning languages, volunteering, and exploring new places in her spare time. Outside of music, Jennifer is passionate about environmental conservation, animal rights and social rights.
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