Hong Kong pianist Annie Yuen received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Music with First Class Honours from the Hong Kong Baptist University (“HKBU”), where she studied with Carol Yu and Nancy Loo. She was named the winner of HKBU Annual Concerto Competition in 2010 performing Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, and was given Audience Choice Award. She continued her performance studies with Nancy Loo at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a visiting student, before finishing her Master’s degree in the summer of 2014 at Manhattan School of Music (New York) under the tutelage of Jeffrey Cohen, student of Menahem Pressler. During her studies, she played in master classes by renowned pianists and pedagogues, including Nelita True, Edward Auer, Jean-Paul Sévilla and Collin Stones.
A keen collaborative pianist, Annie has rich experiences working with different musicians and chamber groups. She studied chamber music with Heasook Rhee and Gerald Robbins, worked at the studios of Lucie Robert, Robert Langevin (Principal flutist of New York Philharmonic Orchestra), Marion Feldman and Paul Cohen. In 2017, she joined the Castleman String Quartet Program as a collaborative pianist. There she met and worked with talented musicians of her age all over the world, and had the privilege to perform with the world renowned violinist Charles Castleman and cellist Tom Landschoot.
In recent years, Annie collaborated with Charles Ng, a prominent young saxophonist from Hong Kong, in multiple concerts. She recorded live with local young artists including Toby Chan Siu Tung (Co-principal bassoonist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (“HKPhil”)) and Timothy Chan Ting-Yuen for Radio & Television Hong Kong. As a member of QUARTER, a two-piano-two percussion group with a focus on contemporary classical music, Annie played in the Asian Premier of David Maslanka’s “This is the World” in 2018. Annie will perform with HK Phil as a keyboard player in concerts in the 2019/20 season.
Also a versatile soloist in various music styles, Annie performed in concerts featuring a collection of piano preludes by an array of Russian composers – Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Kapustin in 2018. In 2019, Annie dedicated her study to Andalusian music, which culminated to performances of piano works by Albéniz and Turina.
Besides piano, Annie also plays the organ, passed LTCL (recital) with distinction and has performed in Hong Kong Cultural Centre as an organist.
Annie Yuen debuted at PRISM Chamber Music Festival in 2018 with Quarter, performing David Maslanka’s This Is the World.