Since winning the Gold Medal at the prestigious 5th USA International Harp Competition in 2001, Dan Yu’s lyrical interpretations, profound musicality, and technical mastery have captivated and dazzled audiences across four continents. She has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and appeared to great acclaim at Alice Tully Hall, New York, and Wigmore Hall, London.
Dan Yu has given masterclasses across the US, in music conservatories in China, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since settling in Hong Kong in 2008, her students have won prizes at international and national competitions in France, Japan, the US, Russia, Serbia, Korea, mainland China, and Hong Kong. She has also served on the jury of the USA International Harp Competition in both 2013 and 2019.
Dan Yu’s performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations in the US, mainland China, and Hong Kong, and a documentary on her was broadcast worldwide via CCTV 4. She has released two classical solo CDs and a DVD, The Nightingale, Spring on the Moonlit River and Dan Yu – Live Recital.
Dan Yu holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. Currently she is Music Director of the Hong Kong Harp Chamber, and a harp instructor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Dan Yu was Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.
The New York Concert Review hailed her as “a unique and major talent capable of bringing the art of harp playing and the way the world views it to an entirely new dimension…radiating so much joy…it seems she’s already in a class by herself.”