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Dan Yu

Since winning the Gold Medal of the prestigious 5th USA International Harp Competition in 2001, Dan Yu’s lyrical interpretations, profound musicality, and technical mastery have captivated and dazzled audiences across three continents. She has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and appeared to great acclaim at Alice Tully Hall, New York, and Wigmore Hall, London. The New York Concert Review hailed her as “a unique and major talent capable of bringing the art of harp playing and the way the world views it to an entirely new dimension…..radiating so much joy…it seems she’s already in a class by herself.”

As a recitalist, Dan Yu played in numerous cities such as Paris, Geneva, Zurich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Atlanta. In 2004 her Asian tour took her to Tokyo, Kobe, Fukui in Japan, and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenyang in China. She has been featured twice at the World Harp Congress in Geneva and Amsterdam. As a soloist, she has appeared with China National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Wintergreen Festival Orchestra.

As a harp teacher, she has given master classes throughout the US, in major conservatories of China, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her students have won prizes in the First International Harp Competition in the Netherlands, Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France, Nippon International Harp Competition in Japan, American Harp Society National Competition in USA, and First Hong Kong Harp Competition.

Dan Yu’s performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations in USA, China and Hong Kong. A documentary on her was broadcast worldwide via CCTV 4. She has two solo CDs released, “The Nightingale" and "Spring on the Moonlit River".

Born in Shenyang, China. Dan Yu began studying piano at the age of 6 and harp at 10 and went to the United States in 1993 to continue her harp studies. She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. Currently she is the Music Director at the Hong Kong Harp Chamber as she continues to concretize as a soloist internationally.
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