Marc Yu (born January 5, 1999) is a musical child prodigy, playing the piano and (formerly) the cello.
Marc has been playing the piano since the age of two and a half, and the cello since the age of six. He also exhibits prodigiousness in academic subjects, having advanced to high school-level math by the age of seven. In 2005 he was named a Davidson Fellow, making him the youngest recipient of this award. 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” (USA title: “Brain Child”).
While at a friend’s party, Marc heard the children in attendance singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, at which point the three-year-old went over to the nearby piano and played the song back, never having played with piano before. His friends were shocked and knew it must be another prodigy. By his mother’s persuasions he began undertaking formal lessons later that year. Marc has perfect pitch. His family lived in Pasadena, California, but he moved to San Francisco and he goes to the Nueva School with the students around his age.
His musical idol is famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang. 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.
Marc made his Carnegie Hall debut on October 27, 2009, when he again performed the Schubert Fantasia with Lang Lang.