Since making her concerto debut at the age of seven, pianist Lisa Yui has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She was the top prizewinner of the Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, the Super Classics International Auditions in Tokyo, and the Toronto Symphony Concerto Competition and has twice been the recipient of a Canada Council Scholarship.
Ms. Yui has worked with such prominent orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Polish National Radio, Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Krakow State Philharmonic. In 2005 she was chosen as one of the few Canadian artists to perform in the World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, where she also hosted in English, Japanese, and French. In 2011 her CD on the music of Carl Maria von Weber and Jan Ladislav Dussek was released on the Intégral label.
As a lecturer and performer, Ms. Yui originated “The Lives of the Piano,” Manhattan School of Music’s first piano lecture/concert series. She has lectured at the Juilliard School, Kunitachi Music University, and Washington and Lee University, among other colleges and venues. Ms. Yui has worked extensively with the Yamaha Disklavier, having given numerous performances and long-distance “remote lessons.”
Ms. Yui received her bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School. She received her master’s and doctor of musical arts degree at Manhattan School of Music, which awarded her both the Rubinstein Award, given to the most promising graduate, and the Helen Cohn DMA Award. Ms. Yui wrote her dissertation on the virtuosic 19th-century pianist Marie Pleyel. Ms. Yui’s principal teachers include Giovanni Valentini, Marc Silverman, Edna Golandsky, Byron Janis, and Oxana Yablonskaya.
Ms. Yui has been a Manhattan School of Music faculty member since 2004 and is also on the piano faculty of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She has served as department chair of the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School and has taught a course on the social history of the piano at Marymount Manhattan College for many years. She is a Yamaha Artist.