Pianist Libby Yu captured the coveted First-Prize of the 27th CBC Radio National Competition for Young Performers and Second Place in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition. In 1995, she was bestowed international recognition when she was awarded a Diploma of Honour at the 13th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition held in Warsaw, Poland, being among three Canadian pianists to have ever been given this honour.
As soloist, Libby has graced the stages of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Le Chatre in Nohant, to name a few. A favourite with audiences, Libby has also performed as soloist with the major symphony orchestras such as the Netherlands Philharmonic, Montreal, Toronto, National Arts Centre, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, CBC Vancouver, Manitoba Chamber and Victoria. She has also performed at international festivals such as the “Chopin chez George Sand” Festival in Nohant, France, the Banff School, and the Holland Music Sessions, where she was chosen for the World Tour.
Libby is featured regularly on CBC Radio, for whom she also performed the world premiere of “mabushii sora e…” by Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman with the CBC Radio Vancouver Orchestra in a historic “Live to Europe” broadcast to the European Broadcasting Union. The recording “Brahms: Sonatas and Songs” with violist Nicolo Eugelmi and mezzo-soprano Mariateresa Magisano (Skylark Music 2002) was praised in a review in the Strad Magazine and was also named a “Strad Selection” by The Strad. She also has two solo albums: Chopin Recital 1 and Chopin Recital 2, featuring the complete Ballades and Etudes Op. 10.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Libby began her early studies with Phyllis Taylor and Edward Parker and starting in 1990, with Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music, for over a decade. An active teacher and adjudicator as well as a mother blessed with three young children, Dr. Yu earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia in 2010.