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Miaomiao and the team
Known for her artistic mastery and effervescent stage-presence, pianist Miaomiao Yu has delighted audiences across North America and Europe in venues including the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James Piccadilly, London. Her broadcasts on television and radio include Channel 4, BBC London, BBC World Services, RTE (Ireland), CBC and Bravo (Canada).
Miaomiao has gained much recognition on the international scene with prizes at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, Toronto Symphony Piano Competition, London International Concerto Competition, Bromsgrove International Young Soloists Competition, Imperial Oils Young Performers Competition, and the Royal Overseas League Competition.
Miaomiao’s international upbringing on three continents provided her with a unique set of experiences to create her rich sound palette. Since receiving her first scholarship at the age of 11 from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Miaomiao went on to garner over 50 awards including the Wingate and the Countess of Munster Scholarships in the UK, and was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar representing Canada. Miaomiao attended the Young Artists’ Performance Academy, a pre-college programme for gifted young musicians at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the RCM, and Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Miaomiao is the founder of the acclaimed concert series Bach to Baby , an innovative series designed for babies and their families where Miaomiao performs with internationally renowned guest artists.
Since 2007, Miaomiao has been a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, junior department. She lives in an eco-house with her husband Jo and sons Mercutio Hanhan and Aubrey Keyan.
Besides being mum to my darling boys, I am a concert pianist. One of the things I missed since having my boys is being able to pop out to concerts on a moment's whim. That's why I decided to start a concert series which welcomes both parents and babies.
My idea is to provide top quality classical music to entertain adults, while giving children the chance to hear and explore live instruments up close during the crucial early years. Children have an innate ability to understand complexity almost through osmosis. It is my firm belief that the music our children listen to doesn't have to be dumbed down.