Zenan Yu was born in China where he studied with Guangren Zhou and E-lian Chen at the Central Conservatory of Music. At The New England Conservatory, he studied with Russell Sherman. In his freshman year at New England Conservatory, he won the NEC piano concerto competition and performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NEC Symphony Orchestra.
At the age of fifteen, Mr. Yu programmed the complete Rachmaninoff preludes as his debut recital in Beijing, China. In the same year, he gave his first U.S. concert tour performing in many cities including New York, New Haven, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He has since given recitals in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Xiamen, Tsingtao, Ningbo, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. He performed at The Great Hall of The People for the former president and other leaders of China and in Tiananman Square for over 50,000 people.
Mr. Yu has been a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Central Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and the Beijing Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Mr. Yu substituted at the last minute for a pianist in performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Concord Symphony. After the performances, he was invited to play Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for the opening series of the 2009-2010 Concord Symphony Season.
He was invited by the Foundation of Chinese Performing Arts to play a recital in The 17th Annual Music Festival. He has also played in the Haydn celebration concert series at the Los Angles County Museum of Art. This recital was broadcasted by 88.5 KCSN.
Recently, Mr. Yu won the Raeburn Prize for Artist of Special Promise at the Honens International Piano Competition.
|PRELIMINARY ROUND ONE|
|Claude Debussy||Images, Book II|
|Cloches à travers les feuilles|
|Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut|
|Franz Liszt||Mephisto Waltz No. 1|
|PRELIMINARY ROUND TWO|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Sonata in D Major, K. 576|
|Sergei Rachmaninoff||Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 36|
|Domenico Scarlatti||Sonata in B Minor, K. 87|
|Sonata in E Major, K. 380|
|Ludwig Van Beethoven||Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, op. 27, no. 1|
|Andante – Allegro – Andante|
|Allegro molto e vivace|
|Adagio con espressione|
|Modest Mussorgsky||Pictures at an Exhibition|
|Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky||Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23|