Pianist Jeannie Yu will perform Beethoven’s extraordinary Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 19 in Bb with Festival City Symphony on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2pm at the Bradley Symphony Center. The Saturday Classics concert, “Beethoven’s Debut,” will also feature Beethoven’s powerful Coriolan Overture and his beloved Seventh Symphony. Tickets for this performance are free with suggested donation and can be reserved online or obtained in person on the day of the concert at the Bradley Symphony Center box office.
Jeannie Yu was awarded first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition in New York, the Flint Symphony International Concerto Competition, the Portland Symphony International Concerto Competition, and the Kingsville Piano Competition in Texas. She also earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award, a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree program at the Juilliard School where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree. Subsequently she was awarded an accompanist fellowship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.
Dr. Yu has performed as soloist with the Flint Symphony, Portland Symphony, Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Brandenburg Symphony, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.
As a soloist and collaborative artist she has performed on WQXR in New York, WOI in Des Moines, IPR in Interlochen, WFMT in Chicago, and numerous chamber music series such as the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Series, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music North, Three Bridges Chamber Music Festival, Frankly Music Series, Chamber Music Milwaukee, MidSummers Music, and the Rembrandt Chamber Players Series in Chicago.
Dr. Yu has performed and taught masterclasses as a faculty member of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the Ohio Wesleyan Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute. She is the pianist in the cello/piano duo called the Florestan Duo in Milwaukee, WI who has recently recorded the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven. She has also recorded numerous volumes of music for various instruments for Hal Leonard Publishing Company, the largest music publisher in the world.