Ning Yu


New York based pianist Ning Yubrings virtuosity and adventurous spirit to a wide range of music, both in solo performances and in collaborations with some of today’s most distinguished creative artists. With the same vigor and dedication for traditional and avant-garde repertoire of the 20th and 21st century, Ning brings creativity in programming as well as on-stage educational elementals to all her performances. Her commitment in promoting new and rarely performed music, has led her to take on some of the most demanding repertoires for piano, including works incorporating extended technique, multi-media and improvisation. She won the Boucourechliev Prize at the 2010 Ninth Orléans International Piano Competition in France – a competition devoted to piano repertoire from 1900 to today. Ning has given performances of dozens of world premiers in North America, Europe and Asia of works including composers Terry Riley, Michael Gordon, Evan Ziporyn, Lee Ranaldo, Glenn Kotche, and has worked closely with Steve Reich, David Lang and Martin Bresnick and Eve Beglarian.

A prominent chamber musician, Ning has been performing with leading ensembles and theatre groups since moving to New York City, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Talea Ensemble among others. Ning is a member of the New York based piano and percussion Quartet -Yarn/Wire and Signal Ensemble.

In theater, Ning performed the music of Edvard Grieg, in costume, in more than 100 Performances of Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse, an OBIE-winning production directed by Lee Breuer. She can be seen in the play’s feature-film version, produced by ARTE France. Ning has also collaborated with director Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project on the development of his Tony award-nominated play, “33 Variations.”

Ning’s worldwide performing invitations come from venues such as the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Köln Philharmonie in Germany, Kwai Tsing Theatre in Hong Kong, the Walker Art Center, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Arts, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art and many other venues, as well as at many universities and colleges. Music and Theater festival performances worldwide include Spoleto, Bang On a Can, Edinburgh, UCLA Live, Festival de Otoño in Spain, Athens Epidauru in Greece, Przeglad Piosenki Aktorskiej Festival in Poland, International Stanislavski Festival in Moscow and others in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Ning Yu grew up in Shenyang, China. She attended the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before coming to the United States at age 15. She studied with Fernando Laires and Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music. She also holds a Doctoral of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University under the guidance of Christina Dahl. Ning is based in New York City.

“Make music of everthing.”
--Georges Aperghis