Periodontist Thomas Yu performs at Cathedral des Invalides in Paris.
He has appeared as a guest soloist at Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Munich Gasteig, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Hakuju Hall in Tokyo, as well as Roy Thomson Hall, National Arts Centre and Glenn Gould Studio in Canada. He continues to delight audiences across five continents while maintaining a full-time career as a periodontist.
In 2016, Yu was the unanimous winner of the prestigious 7th Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Texas, taking home the gold medal as well as Press and Audience Awards. Ten years earlier, he also swept the Paris International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs. In the span of this decade, Yu also won the 2015 CBC’s Piano Hero, 2014 Honens Pro Am Competition (Calgary), 2012 International Amateur Piano Competition (Manchester), 2010 B&B International Piano Competition (New York), and 2009 Bösendorfer International Piano Competition (Vienna). Yu is also a winner of several national competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s Association Piano Competition.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Dr. Yu obtained his DMD with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed a General Practitioner Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto before obtaining his Master Degree in Periodontics at the University of Toronto. He owns a busy private practice in Calgary, teaches at the Foothills Medical Hospital, and is a sought-after lecturer across Canada.
Yu has been featured in Pianist Magazine, International Piano Magazine, CBC TV, Global TV, CTV, Bravo!, Slipped Disc, TV5 and France 2 television. He has also recorded with CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Radio France and Radio Classique. Yu has received accolades from two Governor Generals of Canada, a Lietuenant Governor of Saskatchewan as well as Mayors of Calgary and Toronto. The University of Saskatchewan named Yu as one of the school’s top 100 most influential alumni of the past century. Famed photographer V. Tony Hauser has included him in multiple exhibitions featuring prominent Canadian musicians such as Glenn Gould, Pinkas Zuckerman, James Ehnes and Jan Lisiecki. Thomas was also named to the 2014 Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.
His passion for music was influenced by his two private teachers and mentors, Bonnie Nicholson in Saskatoon, and Marc Durand at the Glenn Gould School/Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Yu has also worked with Leion Fleisher, Julian Martin, Emmanuel Ax, Robin Harrison and Marek Jablonski. As a laureate of the 2nd Canadian Chopin Competition, Yu also competed in the 15th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
▍2011年，美國插畫家弘穆司（Jon J. Muth）依據巴布狄倫（Bob Dylan）名曲《風中飄盪》（Blowin’ in the Wind）繪製同名繪本。民謠《風中飄盪》兼具社會意識與哲學深度，以劃過天空的砲彈隱喻戰爭；以簡單的＂men＂代指致力推翻不公的人們。詞曲未提任何具體事件或個人，僅清晰傳遞關於愛、正義與平等的純粹訊息。針對《風中飄盪》，巴布狄倫有不同唱法，有時滿懷希望與光亮，像看見紅氣球升空；有時則充滿懷疑與失落；像看見紅氣球被刺破。
▍2019年，弘穆司繪本《風中飄盪》（Blowin’ in the Wind）在台問世。弘穆司以孩童、紅氣球、紙飛機和民謠吉他貫穿全書，分別代指純真、希望、白鴿與反戰。弘穆司的《風中飄盪》觀點可說與《蒼蠅王》壁壘分明。繪本《風中飄盪》同樣將幾名兒童設定於田園山水，全書也無成人身影（除了監獄牆後向紅氣球招手的黑人囚奴們），然而一改《蒼蠅王》逼視人性劣根的路線，弘穆司將孩童群聚山丘或一同划舟，帶著自省眼光行經監獄、高牆、砲口與冰山，將紅氣球抱於懷中或飄立空中。在歌詞「要犧牲多少人，才明白太多生命消失在人間？」（Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows,That too many people have died?）這頁，孩子們更將紅氣球繫於象徵列強的加農砲口。細線如絲在風中飄盪，繫起一場善惡之間懸而未決的永恆角力。
▍最後，時間來到今天。12月10日是國際人權日，為你點播一首Bob Dylan的（Blowin’ in the Wind），也邀請你閱讀弘穆司繪本《風中飄盪》，看看孩子們如何飄揚、高掛、分享、珍視他們的紅氣球🎈