Karen Yu is a Hong Kong-based percussionist focusing on the possibilities of combining sonic and performing arts. Through the unique blend of sight and sound inherent in percussion performance, Karen seeks to create music that is beyond pleasure for our ears. Dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, Karen has collaborated with a number of composers and premiered over fifty new compositions, including solo and chamber works. Apart from performing, Karen enjoys curating concerts and recitals in private galleries, studio spaces and leading institutions promoting contemporary music.
A founding member of the female theatrical percussion trio, Dressage, and the percussion-saxophone duo, Sounding Pulse, Karen was most recently an artist-in-residence of the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity, working with renowned percussionist Steven Schick and composer Michael Pisaro. As an active performer, she has appeared in Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion (Canada, Hong Kong), Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposiums (Australia, Canada), Biennale Montreal, IRCAM ManiFeste Academy (France), USF McCormick Marimba Festival (USA), Montreal New Music Festival (Canada), SoundSCAPE New Music Festival (Italy), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble Modern Academy (Hong Kong), Sonic Anchor (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Street Music (Hong Kong). Her chamber ensemble performances can be heard on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Naxos Records.
Karen obtained her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from McGill University under the guidance of Professor Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. Her studies at McGill University were fully supported by the Schulich Graduate Scholarship, and the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology funded her interdisciplinary research-creation project, “The Breathing Canvas,”.