Every year CBC releases a list of 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30. These incredible musicians range in age from 12-29, and are already fully engaged in successful careers; from winning prestigious competitions to releasing albums and composing their own work, these thirty are ones to watch. This year two BC musicians have made the cut: Jared Miller of Burnaby, and Avan Yu of Vancouver.
Jared Miller is a 26 year old who's already the composer in residence at the Victoria Symphony and a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at Juilliard in New York City. An accomplished pianist, Miller enjoys improvising music from pop culture in the style of classical composers. (ThinkSouth Park meets Brahms.) In July, his new work, Bloom for cello and flutes, was premiered alongside compositions by John Luther Adams at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
At 28, Avan Yu ha already released an excellent new album of Liszt/Schubert transcriptions on the Naxos label. Classics Today says Yu "brilliantly reconciles Schubert’s melodic trajectory with Liszt’s intricate textures." Yu concertizes extensively in Germany with frequent trips to Australia, where he gained a large following by winning first prize at the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition. Wily concertgoers caught his recital earlier this summer at the Lanaudière Festival.
The 2014 list included British Columbians Timothy Chooi (violin), Simone Osborne (soprano) and Lucy Wang (violin). Check out the CBC website for a full list of this year's honourees.