Monday, October 30, 2017

Han-Wen Jennifer Yu

   S1 : July 18 - July 27, 2020
   S2 : July 29 - August 7, 2020
   S3 : August 9 - August 18, 2020
   English, Taiwanese

Praised by RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg) Kulturradio: "New Discovery! A very talented collaborative pianist!"

Han-Wen's collaboration with cellist Tim Oberbillig on Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 was praised by the Heute in der Konzer Zeitung as a “Fantastic interpretation.” Her solo, Liszt's "Malédiction" with the Trierer Philharmonie was described as "diabolically brilliant"!

Han-Wen, a native of Taichung, Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Tunghai University (Taiwan), where she graduated with the highest honors with Dr. Juanelva Rose and Dr. Thomas Linde; a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano with Dr. Cameron Stowe, Dr. Pei-Shan Lee and Prof. Jonathan Feldman from New England Conservatory; and a Konzertexamen (equal as doctor program in Taiwan) at the HMT Leipzig with professor Gudrun Franke in piano chamber music, and minor in solo piano with professor Gerald Fauth. She has took masterclasses by Robert Levin, Graham Johnson, Brigitte Engerer, Volker Banfield, Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Rita Sloan and so on. 

As an active pianist, she has performed throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, England, France Switzerland and Sweden. She has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, America’s Music Festivals, Chicago Radio, Deutschlandfunk and As a soloist, she has performed with Trierer Philharmonie. 

Han-Wen was twice YAMAHA foundation of Taiwan fellowship recipient in 2006, earned scholarships at the Aspen Music Festival from 2010-11. She took part in SongFest as one of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellows in 2010, and was awarded the 2013 Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Music Academy of the West in the U.S. She is a national and international competition prizewinning pianist, 1 prize in the Taichung City's Piano Competition, 1 prize in the Seidof International Piano Competition and 1 prize in the Vienna International Piano Competition. In 2014 she won 1 prize in the Clara Schumann Duo Competition in Leipzig with violist Seungwon Lee and soprano Chueh-Yu Lai. Among 103 groups, she won 1st prize with cellist Mon-Puo Lee in the form of a duo in the 19th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Poland in 2016, the same year in September, she was awarded the Best Accompanist Prize from the George Enescu Festival Competition in Bucharest, Romania. 

Ms. Yu had served as staff pianist at the New England Conservatory, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the 2012 Foulger International Music Festival, as faculty pianist in the Prague Summer Nights Festival in 2015, staff pianist of the Euro Music Festival and Academy and the David Geringas Master Class from Blackmore International Music Academy in 2016, 2017. 

From 2010-2013, she worked as a studio pianist for Grammy Award winner Kim Kashkashian's studio at NEC. She had also worked in studios of Paul Biss, James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Miriam Fried, Nicholas Kitchen, Malcolm Lowe, Donald Weilerstein, Martha Strongin Katz, Dimitri Murrath, Roger Tapping, Marcus Thompson, Natasha Brofsky, Paul Katz, Yeesun Kim, Laurence Lesser, Paula Robison, William Cotten, D'Anna Fortunato, Carole Haber, Karen Holvik, Michael Meraw, Lisa Saffer and Bradley Williams from 2009-2013. Since 2013, she has been working with students of Tabea Zimmermann, Walter Küssner, Nora Chastain, Frans Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz and so on in Berlin or Leipzig. She has worked on Elgar's Cello Concerto with cellist Kian Soltani for maestro Daniel Baremboim in 2017. Her past and current colleagues including International Tchaikovsky Competition, ARD competition prize winners, Queen Elisabeth Competition participators, Metropolitan Opera singer, Gewandhaus Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic members.

She's now living in Berlin, Germany, a member of the "HoHaiYan Arts" organization, a coordinator and official pianist of the Berlin selection round of the international competition "TIM International Music Tournament" , and playing regularly projects from the Blackmore's - Berlins Musikzimmer

As a fast learner, she constantly serves for emergency concert. Back to 2012, the 1st movement of John Adams's Violin Concerto included more than 20 pages, she learned in 2 days and performed with violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan in the Harris Concert Hall in the Aspen Music Festival.