Friday, March 11, 2022

DC-Based Pianist Lionel Yu Makes Debut at Kennedy Center

Lionel Yu

From our friends at MusicalBasics...

Lionel Yu, the DC-based pianist behind the hit YouTube channel MusicalBasics (1,000,000+ Subscribers), makes his debut at the Kennedy Center, performing MUSICALBASICS, A Transcendental Experience at the Terrace Theater on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 PM. An ambitious program of his most popular piano pieces, the concert will feature Yu’s remixes of pieces by Beethoven and his biggest hits “Fires of a Revolution” and “Rolling Thunder”. Yu, whose YouTube performance videos regularly go viral, takes the Terrace Theater stage after a memorable few months. In October, Yu performed to a sold-out crowd at the Europ√§ische Musikstage Festival in Heidelberg, Germany.  In January 2022, he released the second volume of his 2021 album, MusicalStories Volume II, which has been streamed over 900,000 times on Spotify. Yu subsequently reached 1 million YouTube subscribers.

Yu will be joined onstage by Korean-born violinist Soo Yeon Kim, a multi-faceted artist who regularly appears in recitals in major concert halls and giving masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and cellist Jeremy Russo, a winner of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Concerto Competition who has performed in major festivals such as Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, Jeju Music Festival in Korea and Summit Music Festival in New York.

“The Kennedy Center show will be my biggest concert to date. I’ll be featuring all new arrangements of my own original piano pieces accompanied by violin and cello,” said Yu. “I’m also excited to perform a few interpretations of Beethoven’s work, including EDM dubstep remixes of his 5th Symphony, Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata.” 

Tickets to MUSICALBASICS, A Transcendental Experience are $38 - $55 and available now at

About Lionel Yu:
After working as a financial analyst in New York for 8 years, Chinese-American pianist Lionel Yu left Wall Street in 2019 to pursue a full-time music career. Since then, his Youtube channel "MusicalBasics" has gone viral and amassed over 1 million subscribers and hundreds of millions of views. Based in Washington DC, Yu has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and in cities including Heidelberg, Germany, Dallas and Orlando and has appeared on NPR/WNYC’s “All of It” with Allison Stewart and the United Kingdom’s Classic FM. He released his first full-length album of original classical piano compositions, MusicalStories, in 2021, and a second volume MusicalStories Vol. II in early 2022. His most popular original composition, "Fires of a Revolution" has been viewed 5 million times while his most popular video, a piano solo rendition of Dr. Dre's "Still DRE" has been viewed 15+ Million times.

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