Born in 1981 in Zi Gong, China, he received his diploma from the Academy of Music in Shanghai. He attended master classes with Carlo Bergonzi, Eva Marton and Robert White and went on to became a singing teacher at the University of Shanghai and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
He made his professional debut in 2005 at the 22nd International Spring Festival in Shanghai in a concert devoted to contemporary music. He was invited back to the festival to years later. I
In 2010 he sang at the Dublin City Hall in Ireland in a concert organised by the Spring Festival of Shanghai.
Yu DI won the Second Special Prize in the International Singing Competition of Turandot at the Teatro Filarmonico de Vérone in Italy in 2009. The following year, he was awarded the CNIPAL Prize at the International Singing Competition of Marmande, which led to his professional performing career.
In October 2013, he participated in the Gala concert of the 30th Anniversary of CNIPAL at the Marseille Opera with the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra singing Escamillo's aria “Votre toast...” from Bizet’s Carmen.