Pianist Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she also took home the awards for Best Performance of Chamber Music and of a New Work. In 2010 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Yang has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic, among many others, working with such distinguished conductors as Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Bramwell Tovey, and Jaap van Zweden. She has appeared in recital at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
Spring 2014 marked the release of Wild Dreams, Yang’s second solo album for Avie Records, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Denmark’s Odense Symphony Orchestra (Bridge Records), and Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets with the Alexander String Quartet (Foghorn Classics).
Born in Seoul, Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. In 1997 she moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just twelve years old. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, and in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award.
Yang appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Cliburn Competition. A Steinway artist, she lives in New York City.