Fascinated by the distinguished colors of the percussion instruments, Karina Mei Ying, Yau is dedicated to explore and bring out the dynamic of percussive sound. In 2015-16, Karina is being employed as an artistic internship by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and she becomes the associate member of the group in September 2016.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Karina completed her Master of Music in Percussion Performance at New York University , where she studied with Professor Jonathan Hass, Simon Boyar and Eriko Daimo. She also involved in lots of chamber music groups including Marimba ensemble, Percussion ensemble, African ensemble, Steel drum ensemble and Contemporary Music ensemble.
In 2012, Karina graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy, under Dr. Lung Heung Wing and James Boznos. She is also the founder member of the HKBU percussion ensemble. She also holds the Licentiate Performance Diploma from the Trinity College of Music of London with distinction.
Karina also appears as an orchestral percussionist. In 2014, Karina is invited by the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and performed in the Carnegie Hall. In 2013, Karina was selected in the American Symphony Orchestra- Bard Conservatory of Music collaboration Project. She is also a freelance timpanist and percussionist in several orchestras in Asia including The Macau Orchestra.
As a well-rounded percussionist, Karina has particular interest in percussion chamber music and aim to pursue this as her goal. Her duo “Gemini Percussion” has just awarded the 3rd prize in International Hong Kong Percussion Convention.
尤氏隨後考取獎學金遠赴美國紐約大學修讀碩士學位，主修敲擊樂演奏，並跟隨Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, Eriko Daimo學習，在美期間參與多個音樂會演出。
尤氏致力推廣敲擊樂教育及室內樂，任教多間本地中小學校，並擔任敲擊樂團指揮。2016年她與友人創立”Music Pi”，創造與別不同的表演藝術。同年亦成立敲擊二重奏 “Gemini Duo”，她的團隊更於2016香港國際敲擊樂大賽公開組取得季軍。