Hong Kong pianist Annie Yuen received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Music with First Class Honours from Hong Kong Baptist University (“HKBU”). She was named the winner of HKBU Annual Concerto Competition in 2010 performing Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, and was given the Audience Choice Award. She continued her performance studies with Nancy Loo at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts before finishing her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music (New York) under the tutelage of Jeffrey Cohen. 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 versatile soloist in various music styles, Annie often performed in concerts after graduating. Her concerts in 2018 featured a collection of piano preludes by an array of Russian composers – Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Kapustin. In 2019, Annie dedicated her study to Andalusian music, which culminated in performances of piano works by Albéniz and Turina.
While performance opportunities with live audiences were rare at the height of the pandemic, Annie was invited to present piano works by Respighi and Rodrigo in a concert titled “Colors of the Night” in 2021. She was also a regular solo pianist on an Asian-based cruise line in late 2021, bringing to life classical works as well as jazz and movie music. Annie also has rich experience working with different musicians and chamber groups as a collaborative pianist. She studied chamber music with Heasook Rhee and Gerald Robbins, worked at the studios of Lucie Robert (violinist), Robert Langevin (Principal Flutist of New York Philharmonic Orchestra), Marion Feldman (cellist) and Paul Cohen (saxophonist) in New York.
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 well-known 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 RTHK Radio 4. She performed with Charles and Toby again in 2021 in the program “The Sound of Art” organized by Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art. In the 2019/20 season, Annie performed with HKPhil in concerts as a keyboard player.