Dai Yi is a native of Shanghai, China. Born into an artistic family, Dai Yi began her piano studies at the age of five. As a child, she studied at the Shanghai Music Middle School of Music, which is affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She has performed in master classes with pianists Veronica Jochum and Victorka Mushkatkol. Dai Yi maintains a vast piano repertoire and has received many accolades. She is the recipient of numberous prizes including the first place of the NYSMTA Empire State Competition in 2008, the Brakey Scholarship, and the 2009 Heny Kashiwa Award from the Old Forge Arts Center, Old Forge, New York. She has also received the Bailey Memorial Scholarship and Udell ’57 Scholarship. Dai Yi received first prize in the Crane Concerto Competition in May 2010.
Dai Yi has performed in major venues such as the Shanghai Symphony Hall and appears in a nationally broadcast New York Public Television documentary featuring the 2009 Julia Crane International Piano Competition. For Classical Pianists of the Future in March 2010, Dai Yi appeared in a marathon all-Chopin recital with three other young Crane artists, who performed Chopin’s complete 24 Etudes and 24 Preludes. She also appeared with Classical Pianists of the Future on March 6, 2011, where, among other works, she performed Serge Prokoviev’s Sarcasms, Op. 17 and Twelve Transcendental Etudes of Franz Liszt.
Dai Yi graduated from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where she studied with Dr./Professor Paul Wyse. As a scholarship recipient at Peabody Conservtory, in 2012, she continues her graduate studies with Mr. Boris Slutsky.