Piano, 2014 Young Artist Award Winner,
2018 Young Artist Award Jurist
Yue Chu began studying piano at an early age in Beijing, China. He won his first performance competition at age eight, and at the age of ten was among the youngest conductors chosen to lead the youth orchestra and choir in his hometown of Tianjin.
His previous teachers include Yun-Xian Chen, Jin Zhang, and Yuan Wu in China, and Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone in Canada. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory, where he was not only one of the full scholarship students, but also the first undergraduate student to receive the Presidential Scholarship in two consecutive school years and later to become the first recipient of the Burnes Family Award.
Mr. Chu has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Conservatory Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in many competitions and music festivals, including the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Honens International Piano Competition, the Heida Hermans Piano Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, Morningside Music Bridge, Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts’ Music Festival at Walnut Hill, Perlman Music Program, and Ravinia Festival.
Chu is currently exploring his pursuit in the Artists Diploma program under the guidance of Peter Frankl at the Yale University School of Music, where he receives full scholarship by the support of the Henry & Lucy Moses Scholarship and Fellowship. Previous to Yale, Chu received a performing diploma at Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with renowned pianists Jonathan Biss, Seymour Lipkin, and Meng-Chieh Liu. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Chu is the Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow. Additional coaching has been with Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Don Weilerstein.
Winning First Prize in both the 2011 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition and 2012 the Wideman International Piano Competition, Mr. Chu has performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. His appearing in concerts also included Washington D.C. at the Philips Collection and in Chicago with the Dame Myra Hess series as well as piano quintets recital with the West Edge String Quartet in Shreveport
When not at the keyboard, Mr. Chu reads all types of books, plays all kinds of sports, and likes to whip up delicious meals for his friends!