Faculty: Piano

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Julian Yu

Julian Yu Director, Pianist/composer

Pianist/composer/conductor Julian Yu currently serves as the artistic director of Joyous Music School, Piano Masters of New York and New York International Youth Philharmonic. He is also the chairperson of the New York International Music Competition. Under his leadership, his students have performed in more than 50 TV shows including Good Morning America (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), Ellen Show (NBC), Little Big Shots (NBC), Kids Say (ABC), Sesame Street’s Not Too Late Show with Elmo (HBO) and Harry Show (FOX). 
Julian Yu was born in Shanghai, China and started to study the piano at an early age and soon displayed special talents for music. His remarkable piano performance earned him a place in China’s prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Da-Chun Yu. He was the first prize winner of Shanghai Competition for Young Pianists, a contest that drew first-class young contestants from the city and other parts of the country. He was also a prize winner in the Hong-Kong International Competition. At the age of 15, he performed the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. For his distinguished achievements and records, the Ministry of Culture of China awarded him the Bao-Gang Prize, an honor that only goes to a select few. In 1994, Julian’s burgeoning talents caught the eye of the Manhattan School of Music, who offered him a full scholarship. Embarking upon a new pursuit of his music profession, Julian came to New York and joined the Manhattan School of Music, where he trained under Solomon Mikowsky and Donn-Alexandre Feder . In 1999, he received his Bachelor’s Degree of Music, and two years later, in 2001, he received his Master’s Degree of Music from the same school. Julian was a recipient of the Elva Van Gelder Memorial Award and Levy Blanche Award. He was the 1st prize winner of MTL Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, and at Dora Zaslavsky Koch Competition. He was also a prize winner in the Berkley Piano Competition. As a soloist, Julian has performed with numerous world class symphony orchestras in Spain, Canada, United States, Korea, and China under ranking conductors Zdenek Macal, Lawrence Smith, Noorman Widjaja, Kim Nan Se, Park Jung-Oh and Guo-Yong Zhang. Julian is also a composer of the cross-over genre. His music is filled with warmth and sentimentalism. There is intensity beneath tranquility; there are vivid images portrayed by his captivating melody; there is depth and sophistication mingled with elegance and simplicity. He has recorded and published seven CDs. Among them, “Winter Sonata”, Silky Sky, Reverie had been released by YBM, SONY-BMG and AMC. His piano book “26 Lyrical Piece by Julian Yu” made him the most sought-after contemporary composer of the Modern-Romantic genre. All his inspirations and ideas spring from his true love for life, rendering his music more genuine and heartfelt. His strong background as a classical pianist allows him to play any music with great sensitivity and nuance, delivering a profound musical and emotional appeal to the audience. He is, in CODA Magazine’s words, “redefining Contemporary music with passion and love.” 
Julia Rho

Julia Rho Piano

Manhattan School of Music; Peabody Conservatory (John Hopkins). 
Ms. Rho was recognized as a prodigy at an early age and was subsequently trained at the Yaeji Music School for gifted young musicians. This led to her winning the Korean National Youth Competition in 1984. Her appearances in Korea have led to several awards and prizes in the U.S. including the M.D. State talent Competition. She later studied as a full scholarship student in Peabody Conservatory’s A.T.Y program. As a world-class concert pianist, Ms. Rho has been featured in concerts in hundreds of venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, White House and Shanghai Symphony Hall with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Festival Orchestra, Agape Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Chamber Orchestra. As an elite music educator, Ms. Rho is the co-author of piano books such as the “Joyous Music Books for Gifted Children” which help millions of pre-school age children around the world to learn the true beauty of piano playing. Ms. Julia is also the co-founder of Piano Masters and serves as a regular jury member in the New York International Music Competition.
钢琴演奏家, 教育家鲁爱罗 MS. Julia Rho, 出生于音乐世家。在12岁时,她以优秀的钢琴演奏技巧获得麻省颁发的“优秀青年音乐家奖”并在同年获得全额奖学金进入John Hopkins University-Peabody Music Conservatory学习。师从美国音乐宗师Leon Fletcher的第一代传人Joel Whizinsky. 1996年 鲁爱罗受邀进入纽约曼哈顿音乐学院深造师从Sara Davis Buckner. 取得优异的成绩。 近年来,鲁爱罗活跃在国际的音乐舞台上。她曾在肯尼迪中心,卡内基音乐厅,林肯中心和上海音乐厅里多次举办个人音乐会。并且在1995年受奥巴马总统邀请带队在白宫举行音乐会。作为一个独奏曲演奏家,鲁爱罗还经常和上海交响乐团,圣.巴斯 蒂恩交响乐团,AMC交响乐团等世界级的乐团合作。受到多国观众的喜爱。自2004年起,鲁爱罗作为韩国音乐杂志“Family Touching”音乐评论,撰写了一系列关于钢琴音乐教育的文章。帮助了很多老师的教学和琴童的学习。鲁老师认为,家长们普遍认为钢琴学生初级的学习并 不重要,可以和没有什么经验的老师学习。事实恰恰相反,教授钢琴初级课程的老师必须有非常好的心理素质,专业的教学经验,并且熟悉儿童的心理学。如果不对 学生加以正确的引导会导致学生中途的放弃和对音乐无兴趣。鲁老师在2021年创作的儿童钢琴教材《Joyous Music Book for Gifted Children》 向和世界各地的琴童们介绍钢琴表演艺术的魅力。
Ms. Kelly Yu

Ms. Kelly Yu Piano

Ms. Yu serves as the Artistic Director of Herald School of Music and Arts and co-founder of the Joyous String Ensemble, the award winning ensemble that is regarded as the best musicians of their generation. Ms. Yu was trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from age 7. Upon receiving her bachelor degree in piano performance, Ms. Kelly started to pursue her performing career as a member of the Shanghai Trio. She has performed extensively in Canada, Europe, U.S.A. and China in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Shanghai Symphony Hall. As an educator, Ms. Yu has mentored gifted pianists for several decades. Her students have won numerous awards in competitions such as the New York International Music Competition, American Protege, International Young Musicians Competition. As a producer, she has worked with top television networks around the world. She has presented her students in ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show, Hunan TV’s World’s Got Talent, NBC Telemundo’s Sempre Ninos and Germany’s Super Kids.