As an active performer, Karen was most recently an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and a fellow at the Blackbird Creative Lab. She has appeared in Hong Kong Sinfonietta @ Artistree “Notating Beauty That Moves,” Percussive Arts Society Day(s) of Percussion (Montreal, Canada & Hong Kong), Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposiums (Brisbane, Australia & Montreal, Canada), Biennale Montreal, IRCAM ManiFeste Academy (Paris, France), SoundSCAPE New Music Festival (Maccagno, Italy), and Sonic Anchor (Hong Kong). Her chamber music performances can be heard on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Naxos Records.
Karen received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from McGill University under the guidance of Professor Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. Despite her focus in classical contemporary percussion performance, Karen has six years of experience in playing traditional instruments such as Tabla. Her studies at McGill University were fully supported by the Schulich Graduate Scholarship and her interdisciplinary research-creation project, "The Breathing Canvas," was funded by the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology.
Aside from being a musician, Karen is the Executive Officer of McGill University Asia Office and a sour beer enthusiast.
A percussionist, performing artist and interdisciplinary art researcher, Karen Yu enjoys discovering the possibilities of combining sonic and performing arts. Through the unique blend of sight and sound inherent in percussion performance, Karen proactively seeks for new sounds through the utilization of found objects and electronics, and new approach to transform the existing concert culture. Dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, she frequently collaborates with composers and has premiered numerous new solo and chamber compositions. On the other hand, Karen is a co-founder of the chamber percussion group in Hong Kong, The Up:Strike Project, and co-founder of Dressage, a female theatrical percussion trio.