Chadd Yaniw began his music training at age 3. Until 2001, he studied piano with Corey Hamm and cello with Colin Ryan and Tanya Prochazka in Edmonton, Alberta. In September of 2001, Chadd moved to Waterloo with his family. There he has studied with Hector Vasquez. He currently studies cello with Paul Widner of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Chadd was a cellist with the Edmonton Public Schools “Singing Strings” Orchestra, (the highest level orchestra in the school string program), and with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. He has performed with the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Young Artists Performance Academy Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and 2 full seasons in the cello section of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Chadd is currently a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
He has performed at Kiwanis Music Festivals in the Edmonton area, Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford, and Toronto. He also advanced to the Ontario Provincial Music Festival in 2004 (in both cello and piano) and 2005 in cello.
Chadd has performed at churches, shopping malls, and schools. In June 2002 he travelled to Jamaica to perform as a guest artist at a recital at the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston. In 2004, Chadd performed on the cello as one of only two featured soloists with the Stratford Concert Choir at the invitation of its conductor and music director, well-known organist Ian Sadler.
Chadd has achieved first class honours in both his Royal Conservatory Grade 10 Piano and Grade 10 Cello exams.
Chadd has won several scholarships and awards at music festivals, including two that allowed him to attend the Kincardine Chamber Music Festival. In 2001 he received an award from the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association for obtaining the highest mark for grade 8 cello in the Edmonton area. At the 2004 Stratford Kiwanis Festival, Chadd won several awards including being named a co-winner of the Best of Festival award.