Ning Yu

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Ning Yu

Assistant Professor, Performance Director, Chamber Ensembles


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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 has worked closely with esteemed composers including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Enno Poppe, and given dozens of premieres worldwide. 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 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 is excited to be sharing her music with the students, faculty, and the public in Washington, D.C.



  • 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 around the world including:

  • 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


  • Spoleto Festival
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • Singapore International Arts Festival
  • Mountains and Waves Festival in London
  • Otono Festival in Madrid

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
  • Wet Ink Ensemble



Eastman School of Music
Stony Brook University


Ensemble Membership

  • Yarn/Wire
  • counter)induction
  • Ensemble Signal