Based in Melbourne Australia, having recently relocated from NYC after seven years in the USA, pianist/composer Mina Yu has worked in a number of capacities; as bandleader, sideman, musical director and educator. Her debut album 'Papa’s Records,' was released in May 2015. Although clearly infused with jazz, the album stands out due to its warm sounds and joyful originals that are part American and part Korean, combined with 70s funk rhythms, rap, and jazz vocals.
In 2016-17 in New York, Mina worked as a faculty member at both LaGuardia College and York College. During the same period, she performed at a host of prestigious venues. These include Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Webster Hall, Joe's Pub, New York Live Arts, Manhattan School of Music, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, The Bitter End, The Cutting Room NYC, the Metropolitan Room and Toshi’s Living Room. In January 2015, she flew to South Korea where she presented successful shows at All that Jazz, Itaewon and Club Monk, Changwon. Mina has toured internationally, performing at the Jazzaar festival in Switzerland with Adam Rogers, Helen sung and Terri Lyne Carrington. She has also toured England, performing at the Guil Fest.
For the 2015-16 season, Mina served as regular pianist for the Manhattan Country School, preK-8 private school in NYC. That same year Mina served as musical director and pianist for the hip-hop group Crossculture and pianist for the Off-Broadway musical "Aida" and "Jekyll and Hyde". Mina received a Bachelor of Music degree at Berklee College of Music and a Master’s in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music.