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About Lisa Yui – pianist

Described as “a musical phenomenon” (Pianiste), Yamaha Artist Lisa Yui enjoys a multifaceted musical career as pianist, lecturer, educator, author, and musical director. Since making her concerto debut at the age of seven, she has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She is the top prizewinner of the Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, and has twice been the recipient of a Canada Council Scholarship.

Lisa Yui has performed as soloist with prominent orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony, the Polish National Radio, the Toronto Symphony, and the Krakow State Philharmonic. She has performed in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest. She represented Canada to perform in the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. Her DVD/Blu-ray of four Beethoven Sonatas and CD of the music of Carl Maria von Weber and Jan Ladislav Dussek garnered rave reviews. Lisa Yui’s insightful writing on a variety of topics has appeared in Clavier, EPTA Journal, and Listen. Dr. Yui has given lectures on a vast array of topics, and has taught graduate courses on piano literature, historical recordings, and the Beethoven piano sonatas. She has worked extensively with cutting edge music technology through her long-distance remote lessons and performances using the Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic/digital hybrid player piano.

Lisa Yui’s principal teachers and mentors include Byron Janis, Marc Silverman, Giovanni Valentini, Oxana Yablonskaya, Edna Golandsky, David Dubal, and Leonid Hambro.

She received her B.M. degree at the Juilliard School, where she received the Humanities Award, and her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees at Manhattan School of Music, which awarded her both the Roy M. Rubinstein Award, given to a graduate with exceptional promise in piano, and the Helen Cohn Award as outstanding doctoral graduate. Lisa Yui is on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Montclair State University. At Manhattan School of Music, where she is also Associate Dean of Assessment and Academic Programs, she received the School’s 2018 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.


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