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.
She has performed as a jazz pianist, accompanist and music director in a number of New York City’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Columbia University and New York Live Arts. Mina has also undertaken international tours of South Korea, Australia, England and Switzerland.
During the last two years Mina has appeared on a number of projects. These include albums by ZEDSIX, “The Shape of Jazz” (Music Victoria, Best Jazz Album nominated) and Richard Pavlidis',“Without Within” (reviewed by 'The Australian' newspaper) and performances with Fem Belling, Uncomfortable Science (featuring Laneous) and the Jazzlab Orchestra.
In addition to her work as a pianist, Mina is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Since establishing herself in Melbourne, she has performed her music at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Hamer Hall, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival, St Paul’s Cathedral, Parliament House, 170 Russell, the Jazzlab, the Paris Cat Jazz Club
and Melbourne University. She has also served as the musical director/pianist for the 2018 Melbourne concert of renowned K-pop star, Tae Woo Kim (G.O.D).
Mina currently teaches jazz piano at Melbourne University and works as an artist in residency at the Berklee College of Music - Inspired program.