Yichen Yu was born in 2002 in Zhejiang, China. He began his piano studies at 4. He has studied with Xia Lijuan, Liu Yixin, Zhang Xiaofeng, Chen Weiling and Huang Yameng. He is currently a Central Conservatory of Music Middle School scholarship student under the guidance of Prof. Shao Dan. Yu Yichen has performed at venues in Shanghai and Hangzhou. He was awarded top prizes in Italy Imola International Piano Awards, Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians and 79th Steinway & sons International Children and Youth Piano Competition. Other notable prizes he received include First Prize in the 4th scholarship competition of Central Conservatory of Music Middle School and Second Prize in 13th Xinghai Cup National Youth Piano Competition. Yichen was the recipient of Fan Jianqiang Memorial Scholarship in 2016 and 2017. He was chosen to be supported by Bright Oceans Top 10 Young Musicians Development Project of Central Conservatory of Music in 2017.