Marc Yu

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Marc Yu
Born (1999-01-05) January 5, 1999 (age 20)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
OccupationMusician, pianist, former cellist, high school student

Marc Yu (born January 5, 1999) is an American musical child prodigy,[1] playing the piano and the cello.


Marc has been playing the piano since the age of two and a half, and the cello since the age of six.[citation needed] Marc Yu exhibits prodigiousness in academic subjects, having advanced to high school-level math by the age of seven.[1] In 2005 he was named a Davidson Fellow,[2] making him the youngest recipient of this award.[3] He has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (in which he received an accordion), as well as being the focus of a National Geographic television special titled "My Brilliant Brain[1]" (USA title: "Brain Child").

While at a friend's party, Marc heard the children in attendance singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb[1]", at which point the three-year-old went over to the nearby piano and played the song back, never having played with piano before.[citation needed] By his mother's persuasions he began undertaking formal lessons later that year. Marc has perfect pitch.[1]

His musical idol is famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang.[1] They have performed publicly together twice to date. Marc made his Proms debut with Lang Lang in London on 31 August 2008. They performed Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for piano duet, D940.[4]

Marc made his Carnegie Hall debut on October 27, 2009, when he again performed the Schubert Fantasia with Lang Lang.

Being more advanced intellectually than his ordinary age peers, he was homeschooled[1][2] by his single mother. Over the years she taught him English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese including Chinese calligraphy[1]

Currently Marc lives in San Francisco with his family and attends The Nueva School.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "My Brilliant Brain". Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  2. ^ a b "Davidson Fellows Scholarship Recipients - 10th Anniversary Success Stories". Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  3. ^ 005 Davidson Fellows
  4. ^ BBC Proms coverage of Lang Lang recital

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