Member since: July 22, 2012
A native of Taiwan, Mr. Ta-Wei Yu was born in Taoyuan city. As a pianist, Ta-Wei Yu has won many competitions which include the Second Place in the Taoyuan City Music Competition, First Place in the Hsinchu City Music Competition, and Fourth Place in the Taiwan Music Competition in 1996, 1999 and 2000 and been invited to perform many recitals during his undergraduate years. He also gave a successful piano concerto concert with the orchestra of his school when he was a junior student.
After undergraduate school, he spent two years of military service before he went to America for further study. He received a scholarship from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mr. Jeffrey Cohen. Mr. Yu got his Master degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Manhattan School of Music. During those years, he performed concerts in Italy, New York and Taiwan. Presently he is a DMA (Doctor of Musical Art) candidate at Rutgers University and studies with Mr. Daniel Epstein. While at Rutgers University, Mr. Yu was engaged with many different music events. Besides giving a successful concert at Carnegie Hall with other pianists, he also was a participant in the CHOPIN 200 – a Bicentennial Celebration of The Composer and His Music in 2010.
In addition to piano solo performance, he is also very enthusiastic with chamber music. As a founder of Rutgers Piano Trio, the group was the finalists of the 2009 Joan and Daniel Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition and they were invited to perform in Puckett Auditorium at Florida College. In that same year, they also won the Sounds of The Chamber Music Competition at Rutgers University and gave a concert at the Nicholas Music Center. In February 2010, they were invited to perform in the prelude concert for The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. With earnest feedback from audiences, they were invited again in October 2010 for another prelude concert for Yo-Yo Ma's cello recital. Most recently, they were invited by Taiwan Classical Music Society to perform two concerts in Taiwan in Novenber 2011.