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Robert Spano, Music Director
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Joyce YangBack To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • piano

Pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity, showcasing her colorful personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians. Born in Seoul, Yang received her first piano lesson at age four. She performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at just twelve years old. In 1997, she began studies at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Yang came to international attention in 2005 as the silver medalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant (age 19), she took home the De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takács Quartet) and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work. Yang performed as a soloist with the New York, BBC, and Los Angeles philharmonics, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, Sydney, Chicago, Deutsches, and Toronto symphony orchestras. During the 2014–2015 season, Yang joins the Takács Quartet at Lincoln Center and tours with violinist Augustin Hadelich. Yang appears in the documentary film In the Heart of Music. In 2014, Yang released Wild Dreams on Avie Records. A Steinway artist, she currently lives in New York City.