Yu-Lien The

Yu-Lien The has performed throughout the US, Europe and Southeast-Asia, including appearances as a soloist with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Hannover and the Baroque Orchestra L'Arco. Other notable performances include a two-piano recital with Lori Sims of Messiaen’s “Visions de l’Amen” in 2008 and a lecture recital of “The Other Diabelli-Variations” in 2012, both at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia (Italy) and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, she was admitted to the National Concert Podium for Young Artists (Germany), which led to several concert tours with violinist Tomo Keller. Ms. The is a champion of contemporary composers and has been involved in a number of commissions and world premieres. She frequently collaborates with saxophonists Joe Lulloff and Henning Schröder as well as composers Dorothy Chang, Keith Murphy and Carter Pann. During her tenure with the new music ensemble Opus21, she worked with composers Anna Clyne, David Lang and Frederic Rzewski, which culminated in premiere performances at Symphony Space (New York) as well as Zankel Hall at Carnegie in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Born in the Netherlands, Yu-Lien The received most of her musical training in Germany, where she obtained degrees in both piano and recorder performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She has earned an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, a Master of Music from Western Michigan University as well as a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University. Her principal piano teachers were Arie Vardi, Anatol Ugorski, Deborah Moriarty and Lori Sims.

Yu-Lien The is Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Western Michigan University and has previously served on the faculties at Bowling Green State University, Valparaiso University and Kalamazoo College.

Yu-Lien The

Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies
Office: (269) 387-4671
Location: 2132 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434

Mailing address: 

Irving S. Gilmore School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5434

  • D.M.A., Piano Performance, Michigan State University, 2013
  • M.M., Piano Performance, Western Michigan University, 2003
  • Artist Diploma, Piano, Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany, 2001
  • Artist Diploma, Recorder, and Diplomas in Recorder Pedagogy, Recorder Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Performance, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, 1993-2003