Hi! I'm Elaine Yu and I live in Scotland, UK. I began playing piano when I was only 6 and a half years old. At age 7, I first discovered my love of performing after participating in the Summer Music Workshop of Brian Laurie's Academy. In the two weeks, I got to learn other musical instruments, such as the accordion the guitar and the drums. It was so much fun and I'm still hoping to properly learn the drums one day! In the workshop, I performed once at the end of each week and was the youngest participant. I loved the workshop so much that I asked my parents if I could go again. So I did and continued going for the next three summers. I even brought some of my musician friends to join too. I have always been very interested in helping victims through music and at the age of 10, I performed in a charity recital organised by my teacher and raised a lot of money for the Red Cross.
When I was 11, my Dad introduced YouTube to me, seeing the other kids playing piano so impressively sparked more motivation in me to practice. It was through YouTube that my love for classical music really grew, watching videos of pianists playing Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Bach blew my whole musical world open. Suddenly, I discovered a lot more music than what was just in my Grade Exam books. I went from playing an hour a day to playing 4 to 5 hours on weekdays and 8 hours a day on weekends. Witnessing this change, my Dad decided to open a YouTube account to post my videos. Later, I opened another two YouTube Channels to upload videos on, PianoKidElaine369 (2008-2009) and Elaine Yu (2010 - present).
When I was 12, I auditioned for my Chinese school's talent show and got through to perform for the entire school! The experience was very enlivening as the whole audience was clapping along to the beat of my music! Once I entered high school, more and more opportunities opened up for me to perform. In First Year, during music class, we got told to bring in pieces of music we were learning (if we were already piano/keyboard players) and after playing Clementi Sonatina in C major, Op. 36 No. 3 on the keyboard with my headphones in, my talent was spotted by my music class teacher and she let me perform a song at the end of each class.
2010 was a great year for me! In March, I competed in Glasgow Music Festival and won 2nd place, with a score of 87/100, despite being the youngest participant (the overall winner was two years older than me and only narrowly bet me by one point). I also appeared on The Herald and Evening Times newspapers a couple of days afterwards. I was also invited by the Deputy Head Teacher to start performing for every pastoral assembly.
In May 2011, I was really honoured to be invited to perform for the veterans of WWII! The event was called 'Entertainment For Erskine' which was held in my school's auditorium. In June, I was honoured again to be asked to perform for many former pupils of my school at the '1641 Society Luncheon'. In March 2012, I won 2nd place at the finals of Biggars Music Competition, my photo with the award was featured on the school's website, magazine and prospectus. In August 2012, I recieved a grade '1' (equivalent to an A) for my Standard Grade Music Exam. In March 2013, I performed at a recital to help raise funds for Colston Wellpark Church for the purchase of a new piano. In August, I received a grade A for my Higher Music Exam.
In 2014, Luke Jerram's Play Me, I'm Yours came to Glasgow and I had great fun performing on the street pianos during the summer! It was also around this time when I decided that I wanted to explore other genres of music through the piano. Before then, I had already had influences of Folk, Country, Cantopop, Pop, Rock and Film through different media. Declan Galbraith introduced me to Folk music. American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery first introduced me to the world of Country music when I watched his Season on TV. Busted and Green Day introduced me to Rock music when I heard their songs on the radio back in 2004.
In 2015, I held an outdoor concert for the neighbourhood and also went to perform at The Lighthouse on BBC Music Day. I also performed at Open Lids' Day at Mackintosh Queen's Cross. It was my first time debuting my own compositions there. In August 2016, I started writing piano arrangements for songs and selling online sheet music at Sheet Music Plus. In November, I had my first online collaboration with fellow YouTubers. In October 2017, I started selling sheet music at MusicaNeo. I also started playing the melodica, writing arrangements for that too.
These are just some of the highlights of my music career and there are many people I'd like to thank, including my three piano teachers, Miss Siobhan Daily (who taught me from 6-11 years old), Mrs Edna McKee (12-13 years old) and Miss Jemma Brown (13-17 years old). Also, thank you to my music teachers in high school.
Are any of your family members musicians?
No, I come from a family of non-musicians.
How long do you pratice every day?
I currently practice for 20 mins.-1 hr. on weekdays and 1 hr.-2 hrs. on weekends.
Yes, My YouTube Channel is at: http://www.youtube.com/elainemusic369
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