Yin-Chu Jou is a New York City-based concert pianist, artist, international concert tour and festival producer, and multi-arts cultural director. She has been awarded Musical America's 2014 Top Professionals of the Year- “Profiles in Courage: Innovators and Risktakers" as the producer of the Rhythms of One World Festival, and “2013 Woman of Achievement" by WCBS Newsradio 880 for her peace-through-the-arts work. She was commended by The New York Times for her work on the Youth Symphony for the United Nations, which promotes world peace through music in 2006.
Ms. Jou has recently been appointed as the Acting Executive Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF) and has been serving as FAF's Artistic Director since 2005. Her first projects in her new role include the debut single recording, CD production, and launch of “Strong UN, Better World,” by the new band UNRocks Music Group comprised of sitting Ambassadors to the UN, after her production of the 2013 CD “Ambassadors Sing for Peace.” Plans are underway for the exhibit in support of UN Women- “Planet 50:50: Women of the World" by celebrity photographer Rose Hartman.
Ms. Jou has performed extensively, including a three-part Classical concert series presented by The Greenwich Arts Council, at the 2000 International Piano Festival in Spain, the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation's 2011 Young Artist Series, and the Peace Philharmonic Philippines Foundation. She was the featured artist during the 40th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations Women's Guild at UN Headquarters in New York, where she shared the stage with current First Lady and wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek and the former UN Women's Guild President Tsu-Wei Chang. Her performances had been described as “expressive", “beautiful" and “compelling".
Opening Remarks (August 10, General Assembly Hall); Closing Remarks (August 13, General Assembly Hall)