The Benefits of Studying Classical Music: Thomas Yu, periodontist

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.

Back-to-back Van Cliburn winners Yu and Shih to perform benefit concert at Ware Center

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.

Thomas Yu - Winner, 2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

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).

Periodontist wins world piano competition in memory of mom

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.

Calgary's Thomas Yu wins 2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

CBC Music

To reach the finals of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, Yu advanced from a field of 70 contestants through quarter-final and semifinal rounds.

Anyone who dares to play Beethoven's last Piano Sonata Opus 111 must be fearless and confident in his skills. In the case of Thomas Yu, both are true...[He] plays the piece with elegance and depth...and his interpretation was the highlight of the festival day.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's largest newspaper, translated.

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