Alexander Yau, an eminent young Australian pianist, has developed himself as a versatile musician incorporating his many musical talents as a chamber musician, vocalist, conductor, and composer.
He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and SBS Youth Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s first three concerti, as well as the mighty Brahms Concerto No. 2 with the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber performances at the Canberra International Music Festival in Australia, FOCUS Festival in New York, International Mendelssohn Akademie in Leipzig, and in notable venues such as Polish Embassy of Australia, City Recital Hall Angel’s Place, Troldhaugen in Norway, Australian Pavilion at Shanghai Expo, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2020, he founded his own chamber orchestra and conducted Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 from the piano in the group’s inaugural concert. This year, he released his first album in collaboration with clarinetist Deborah de Graff, featuring his own compositions and works by other Australian composers.
Alexander obtained his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying under Professor Matti Raekallio. He now holds the role of collaborative pianist at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and causal repetiteur/assistant conductor at Opera Australia. For his upcoming engagements in 2022/23, he has been invited to give lieder recitals presented by the Sydney Schubert Society, where he will sing and accompany himself from the piano.
Virtual First Round
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, No. 14 in f-sharp minor, BWV 883
Beethoven: Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo appassionato
III. Scherzo. Allegretto
IV. Rondo. Grazioso
Liszt: Étude No. 2, “La leggierezza.” S. 144
Tchaikovsky-Rachmaninoff: Lullaby, Op. 16, No. 1
Scriabin: Etude No. 5 in c-sharp minor, Op. 42
In-Person Second Round
Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in g-sharp minor, Op. 19
Carl Vine: Resolve
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
I. Modéré—très franc
II. Assez lent—avec une expression intense
IV. Assez animé
V. Presque lent—dans un sentiment intime
VII. Moins vif
VIII. Épilogue: lent
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Finale: Presto non tanto
Semifinal Round – Chamber Music
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo—Vivace—Andante—Vivace di più—Andante—Vivace
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 16
II. Scherzo: Vivace
III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro tempestoso
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