September 25, 2018 · The New Classical FM
Today, let’s meet Thomas Yu. He is a periodontist who kept up his piano chops to a very high level – high enough that I actually forget he’s a medical professional – I keep thinking of him as a pianist who happens to do periodontal stuff on the side.
July 1, 2018 · Pianist Magazine
A periodontist dazzling audiences in Saint Saëns? A gasterenterologist performing awesome Liszt? Forget Leeds and Honens: Warwick Thompson turns his attention to the no-less exciting - and in many ways more fascinating - world of amateur competitions.
November 1, 2017 · Lancaster Online
When Lancaster pianist Christopher Shih competed in the 2011 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, Thomas Yu was watching online from his home in Canada.
The two had met in 2007 at a festival showcasing award-winning amateur pianists. Shih won that prestigious competition in 2011. “I remember, as soon as he won, the first thing he mentioned to me was, ‘You’re next,’ ” Yu says.
September 25, 2017 · Between the Barlines Podcast
Jonathan chats with Thomas Yu, a Canadian periodontist who won the Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition in 2016. They talk about the world of amateur piano competitions, great advice, performing the work of a living Canadian composer, and they play a gun game (but not with actual guns).
July 10, 2016 · CBC News
A former Saskatchewan resident has clinched the top prize at the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition.
Thomas Yu won the competition, and he did so for his mother who recently died.
In music of Debussy, Chopin and Schumann...he played like a pro, giving clean, flowing, atmospheric performances that displayed confidence and musical know-how.Olin Chism, Fort Worth Star Telegram