Born in Edinburgh, Yuanfan began learning the piano when he was 6, passed Grade 8 with Distinction at the age of 8 and achieved a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) when he was 10. He was awarded the AMusTCL Diploma in Music Theory with Distinction in 2015. He is a First Class Graduate of both the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal College of Music in London, the latter of which he is studying now on the Artist Diploma course as a Scholar.
Yuanfan recently became the 1st Prize and Audience Prize winner of the prestigious Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, in September 2022. Prior to this, Yuanfan achieved 1st Prizes in: the 15th Frechilla-Zuloaga International Piano Competition in Spain 2021, the Prix Animato Tarnow Competition 2018, and the Roma International Piano Competition 2018, Italy, as well as 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition in the USA in 2015, and 1st Prize of the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany in 2014, in which he also won Special Prizes for Best Improvisation & Composition, and Best Interpretation of Works by Liszt. Yuanfan is also a fluent sight-reader, having been the champion of the ongoing Michael Abraham Sight-Reading Award six years in a row, ever since he joined Chetham’s. He has also won 1st Prizes in the UK Liszt Society International Piano Prize 2015, the Royal Academy of Music’s Lilian Davies Prize 2018 and Sterndale Bennett Prize 2015, and the 9th Grand Prix Interlaken Classics International Piano Competition 2016, and was a former Keyboard Category Winner and a Grand Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2012. He is kindly being supported by Help Musicians UK, Talent Unlimited and the Munster Trust.