Canadian pianist, Thomas Yu, is one of the most versatile artists performing today. He has appeared as a guest soloist in such prestigious venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot (Paris), Bösendorfer Hall (Vienna), Forte de Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro), Chopin Music Academy (Warsaw), Hakuju Hall (Tokyo), Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), and the Chan Centre for Performing Arts (Vancouver). He continues to delight audiences across four continents while maintaining a full-time career as a periodontist.

As an amateur pianist, Yu has won several prizes including the 2010 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), the 2009 Bösendorfer International Piano Competition for Amateurs (Vienna), as well as the 2006 International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs (Paris), where he took first prize along with the Press Award and Audience Award. Yu is also a winner of several national competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s Association Piano Competition. In addition to his musical pursuits, Dr. Yu obtained his DMD with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed a General Practitioner Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto before obtaining his Master Degree in Periodontics at the University of Toronto. He now owns a private practice in Calgary and teaches at the Foothills Medical Hospital.

Yu has been featured on CBC TV, Bravo!, TV5 and France 2 television. He has also recorded with CBC Radio, Classical 96.3FM and Radio France and Radio Classique. Yu has received accolades from the Governor General of Canada, Lietuenant Governor of Saskatchewan as well as the Mayor of Toronto. To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the University of Saskatchewan named Yu as one of the school’s top 100 most influential alumni. Photographer Tony Hauser has also included him in his book, The Power of Passion, which features prominent Canadians such as Adrienne Clarkson, Richard Bradshaw, Stephen Lewis, Pinkas Zuckerman and David Suzuki.

A pupil of Bonnie Nicholson for several years, Yu spent six years as a private student at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto with esteemed pedagogue, Marc Durand. During dental school, Yu continued his musical endeavors at the Banff Centre for the Arts, working with Leion Fleisher, Julian Martin, Robin Harrison and the late Marek Jablonski. As a laureate of the 2nd Canadian Chopin Competition, Yu also competed in the 15th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
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