“…pianist Ning Yu performed with fearless commitment, bringing clarity to the complicated cross-rhythms…and scintillating colors play to the variations...” (New York Times)
“Pianist Ning Yu played with great gusto...” (Chicagoclassicalreview.com)
“the pianist Ning Yu, who played with great clarity and balance, …created an alluring array of sounds…” (New York Times)
Praised for her, "taut and impassioned performance" by the New York Times, pianist Ning Yu performs with vigor and dedication for traditional and avant-garde repertoire of the 20th and 21st century on stages across the United States, Europe and Asia. Ning brings virtuosity and adventurous spirit to a wide range of music, both in solo performances and in collaborations with some of today's most distinguished creative artists.
Ning is the winner of the Boucourechliev Prize at the Ninth International Concours de Orléans in France – a competition devoted to piano repertoire from 1900 to today. She has performed on stages such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Contempo Concert Series at University of Chicago, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Köln Philharmonie in Germany, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Kwe-Tsing Theater in Hong Kong, and numerous festivals around the world.
Ning has worked with esteemed composers including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Enno Poppe, and given dozens of premieres worldwide. A prominent chamber musician, Ning has worked with performers and ensembles of different genres, notably Glenn Kotche, Pete Swanson, Miranda Cuckson, Bang on A Can All-Stars, ICE, Talea Ensemble, and Wet Ink Ensemble. Ning is a member of ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, counter)induction, and Ensemble Signal. In theater, Ning performed with Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse—a critically acclaimed production directed by Lee Breuer. She can be seen in the production's feature-film version, produced by ARTE France. Ning has also collaborated with director Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project on the development of the Tony award-nominated play 33 Variations. Ning is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Stony Brook University. A native of China, she currently lives in New York City.