Forget Chopsticks; Amateur Pianists Show Real Chops

Classical Voice North America

The audience members were growing increasingly impatient. The competition jury had been out for nearly two hours, and the verdict was long overdue. Occasional eruptions of demonstrative clapping broke out, and many had abandoned their seats and were milling around the concert hall. An outsider could only assume that the stakes were high.

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.

Thomas Yu Wins Cliburn Amateur Competition

Art and Seek

Thomas Yu is a 38-year-old periodontist from Calgary, Canada. He’s also the best pianist in the Cliburn’s amateur competition, which ended Saturday.

Canadian periodontist Thomas Yu wins Cliburn Amateur competition

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In a final round that saw four of the six pianists play Beethoven pieces Saturday, Canadian Thomas Yu wowed the Bass Hall audience and judges with an impressive Saint-Saëns piano concerto movement, earning him first place in the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition.

Rising Stars - Thomas Yu

La Scena Musicale

By the end, I could barely control my emotions,” says Thomas Yu describing his first-prize-winning performance at the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 25.

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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