Peiyao Yu began playing the piano at the age of five. In 2018, she soloed with orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1, in “Santa Cecilia” Hall, Perugia, Italy. She has also held multiple recitals in both China, USA and Europe. She was selected to participate in Shanghai International Piano Festival & Institute in China and Music Festival Perugia in Italy. Peiyao was the first prize winner at International Music Competitions in 2021 for Best Schumann Performance and Best Prokofiev Performance. Her Vessel Duo was a laureate at Charleston International Music Competition. In addition, she was also the recipient of the Yamaha Music Scholarship and won Yangtze River Piano cup Youth Piano Competition in 2015.
Peiyao is now pursuing her Doctoral degree of piano performance at the University of Kansas under the guidance of Dr. Jack Winerock and Dr. Michael Kirkendoll. She also holds a masters degree with Dr. Arthur Greene at the University of Michigan. During her master years, she double majored in both piano performance and chamber music performance. She also discovered her talent on organ with Dr. James Kibbie and Dr. James Higdon and was specially selected to join a unique, interdisciplinary research focusing on analyzing how data science can interpret music during master years. When not devoted into music, Peiyao enjoys detective stories, great food and crocheting.
You can find Peiyao’s 2022 Classical Music Competition piano performance here.