Mr. Yi Fei Hu stands as a distinguished senior music educator and pianist, whose profound connection to classical music is deeply rooted in his early upbringing and comprehensive education. Born into a musically inclined family in Shanghai, China, Yi Fei embarked on his piano journey at the tender age of three under the guidance of his mother. His prodigious talent soon led him to the prestigious Primary School attached to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at just seven years old.
His musical odyssey took a significant turn at 17 when he received a full scholarship to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. There, he had the privilege of learning from the late Benjamin Yu, a renowned piano pedagogue known for his mentorship of the celebrated Chinese-British pianist Fou Ts’ong. This formative experience paved the way for Yi Fei’s acceptance into the Juilliard School in New York in 1995, where he studied under Jerome Lowenthal. Further enriching his artistic development, he also spent summers honing his craft at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Mr. Hu’s exceptional talent was recognized on the international stage when he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998. This momentous occasion came after he clinched the top prize at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, where he dazzled the audience with his rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, accompanied by the Music Academy of the West Symphony under the baton of Maestro Michael Stern.
In 2004, Yi Fei Hu’s virtuosity was further affirmed when he was awarded 1st Prize at the Tenth Pacific International Piano Competition. Choosing to make Vancouver his permanent home, he continued his studies with Jane Coop and embarked on a prolific teaching career. His dedication to nurturing the next generation of pianists is evident in the remarkable achievements of his students, who have secured top prizes at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in 2013 and 2017, as well as the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in 2019.
Now a naturalized Canadian citizen, Mr. Yi Fei Hu’s legacy continues to flourish, bridging cultures and inspiring both students and audiences with his passion for classical music.