Le Yu


Born in China, Le began his percussion studies at age 14 at the Xian Conservatory of Music High School with Prof. YaGuang Liu. In 2007 Le commenced his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music(RNCM) with a full scholarship, and in 2012 earned his Master of Music with Distinction and Bachelor of Music with Honours . In 2013 July Le received the first RNCMs prestigious International Artist Diploma(IAD) in Solo Percussion, During his studies Yamaha is his full scholarship sponsor. As the first solo IAD percussionist at the RNCM, he worked with Keiko Abe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ian Wright, Simone Rebello, Eric Sammut and Michael Burritt. Currently Le is the Honorary Associate Artist at Royal Northern College of Music and 2016 World Percussion Group Soloist, Le is also a adjudicator for the China National Youth Percussion Competition and Southern Percussion International Tuned Percussion Competition. In 2015 Le has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as an Exceptional Talent Musician to live and work in the UK.

Le Yu has earned accolades in various competitions around the world, including the Gold Medal of China National Youth Percussion Competition in Shanghai; the Winner of the 7th Italy International Percussion Competition; Best Percussion Award with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at 2012 World Brass in Concert; the winner of RNCM Concerto Competition in 2007,2009 and 2014; and Solo Percussion Competition 2008 and 2010; Le has won the first prize at the 2013 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition in London.

Le performs in many concert halls in the UK and Worldwide such as Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, KKL Luzern, The Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, St. Davids Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Volkswagen Lounge, Xian Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Yamaha Hall Tokyo. He has also Performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Chinese, HZTV(China) and CCTV Music. He made his debut Tour in Switzerland opening the Lucerne International Chamber Music Series in 2014.

As a concerto soloist, Le has performed the Rosauro Marimba Concerto at the CCTV (China Central Television) Summer Music Festival, and with the RNCM String Orchestra on their 2010 Tour of China also at the RNCM Day of Percussion. In 2011 he has performed Keiko Abes Prism Rhapsody 2 with RNCM Wind Orchestra. And in June 2013 Le has performed Koppel Marimba Concerto with Manchester Camerata at the Chester Music Festival. In May 2015 Le UK premiered Keiko Abes The Wave marimba concerto with RNCM Symphony Orchestra in Manchester and been invited to play this concerto with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at KKL Lucerne, Switzerland in March 2016.

Le is also an excellent chamber musician, the founder of the Aurora Percussion Duo. The duos success has led them to perform for the British Royal Family at Queen Elizabeth Hall, following their win at the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition. They have been invited to play in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Music Festival, NewBury International Music Festival, Festival No.6 ,Buxton Music Festival and many more cross the UK. The duo also is the winner of 2013 Park Lane Group New Year Young Artist Series.

Since 2010, Le Yu has been an Endorser and Performing Artist of Encore Mallets Inc, Encore have made his signature mallets in May 2015. he is also a Yamaha Artist and a Sabian Artist.