Yanan Yu tells a story that raises some interesting questions about how ability should be defined. Is it enough that she has a level ten certification in piano? And a master’s degree? And now works at the BBC? Or does she need something else to be considered able?

This episode was a finalist in the category of Best New Artist in the 2023 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition!

Today’s episode was created, written, produced, and edited by Yanan Yu. Johannah Fahey was the executive producer and Brett Lashua and Will Brehm were the producers. Flux theme music by Joseph Minadeo of Pattern Based music.

The piano pieces in this episode, listed below, are all played by Yanan Yu:
Claude Debussy: Ballade L. 70
Frederic Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 No. 3
Franz Liszt : Un Sospiro, Trois Etudes de Concert S.144
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Elegy Op. 3 No. 1
Wanghua Chu, 春江舟影

Thanks to Haozhou Ding, Zeyu Wang, Yishuang Xu, Xiaotong Wang and other activists across the globe. Yanan would not have been able to express the complexities surrounding this issue without their support. Finally, Yanan hopes that her efforts may contribute to some changes, however small, in her peers’ lives.