15 Questions: #MusicalBasicsKNY

Today marks the first day of Lionel “MusicalBasics” Yu’s Finalist Week — we’ll be getting to know the insanely talented pianist with already over 4.3 million views on his YouTube channel. Throughout the week, follow and tag #MusicalBasicsKNY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we lead up to our grand showcase on August 30 at NYU Skirball.

To start things off, we asked Lionel 15 questions. Here’s what he had to say:


Name: Lionel Yuzzy

Age: 24

Location: New York

Occupation: Financial analyst/annoying YouTube pianist

In one sentence, your musical style: Music with energy, emotion, and existential meaning

Your first CD: Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time”

What you did today: Cleaned my hamster cages

What you did last weekend: Took the CFA

Your best pickup line: “Do you have an ID?”

If you weren’t in NY, you’d be: in New Jersey

What you’ll be doing in 10 years: Performing in Carnegie Hall

Your favorite hangout spot: Times Square

What annoys you most about NY: Having to work

What you love most about NY: Wall Street

In one sentence, what winning Kollaboration means to you: It means I will be able to fulfill my lifelong dream of winning Kollaboration


Stay tuned throughout the week for more on Lionel “MusicalBasics” Yu. In the meantime, check out his website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel