Ning Yu

Ning Yu

Chamber Music Director, Professor of Piano
Phillips Hall B-146

Areas of Expertise

Piano, Chamber Music, Contemporary Classical Music

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, MoMA 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, Shanghai Symphony Hall and numerous festival such as the Spoleto Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore International Arts Festival, Mountains and Waves Festival in London, Otono Festival in Madrid and others around the world.


Ning has worked closely 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 performed on stage with artists and ensembles of different genres, notably Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Meredith Monk, Glenn Kotche, Pete Swanson, Tristan Perich, 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 Variation. 


Ning is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Stony Brook University. Ning joined the Department of Music faculty in the Fall of 2016. She is thrilled to be a part of the George Washington University community, and excited to be sharing her music with the students, faculty, and the public in Washington, DC.