As an active performer, Karen was most recently featured at the opening of Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong’s Sound Forms 2019, and co-presented a lecture recital, “People Can Be Trusted: Performative Dialogues in the Music of Sean Griffin” at the recent edition of Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposium. Previously an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity and a fellow at the Blackbird Creative Lab, Karen has also performed in Hong Kong Sinfonietta @ Artistree “Notating Beauty That Moves,” Tai Kwun Lunch Time Series, Percussive Arts Society Day(s) of Percussion (Hong Kong, Montreal), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Transplanted Roots Percussion Research Symposiums (Guanajuato, Brisbane, Montreal), Biennale Montreal, IRCAM ManiFeste Academy, SoundSCAPE New Music Festival, PRISM Chamber Music Festival, and Sonic Anchor. Her chamber music performances can be listened 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. 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. Her projects have been supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Aside from being a musician, Karen is the Executive Officer of McGill University Asia Office and a craft beer enthusiast.
A percussionist, performing artist and interdisciplinary arts 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 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, including Ken Ueno, Philippe Leroux, Zihua Tan, Vinko Globokar, and Jean-Pierre Drouet. Based in Hong Kong, Karen is a co-founder and director of the chamber percussion group, The Up:Strike Project, Project Coordinator of NOVA Ensemble, and c o-founder of EXORDIUM Collective.