Alexander Yau, winner of the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Pianist Alexander Yau continues to ride a wave of success following his win at the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship.
In February 2019, Alexander travelled to the UK for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. The competition ran over two weeks and had 176 entrants, which were narrowed down to six pianists for the final round. Alexander was thrilled to be named one of the six finalists and performed Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 3, Op. 30 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the final round. The final marked his debut with a European orchestra and first performance of this piece - described by Alexander as an 'Everest' of piano concertos, "requiring fearless technique and physical strength".
After his time in Europe Alexander headed back to New York where he is studying at The Juilliard School. He is undertaking a Masters degree with Professor Matti Raekallio. Alexander says his professor’s “positive energy and great commitment to his students and music is a true inspiration”.
Alexander was accepted into the Piano Texas International Festival and Academy in June 2019 - one of 24 pianists worldwide. He is “beyond excited” about the opportunity to work with world renowned professors and pianists. In July 2019 Alexander will attend the 60th Weimar Master Class in Weimar, Germany.
Over time, Alexander has gained much confidence from being surrounded by talented musicians who inspire and support each other. His advice to other young pianists is to “always perform for the audience in the way you feel…no matter what situation”.