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Wei-Yi Yang, Karen von Kunes explore Czech music and literature April 1

March 14, 2013

Wei-Yi Yang, a member of the School of Music faculty, and Karen von Kunes, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will present “Leoš Janáček & Milan Kundera: a confluence of Czech music and literature” on Monday, April 1.

Yang will perform Janáček’s rarely-played piano cycle On an Overgrown Path, written 1900–1912, alongside two of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances for piano four hands. In the Dvořák he will be joined by pianists Xuerong Zhao and Miki Sawada, both students in the School of Music.

The event takes place at 7:30 pm at Berkeley College on the Yale campus. Contact the Berkeley master’s office (203-432-0501) for details.

This is the third and final interdisciplinary project that Wei-Yi Yang has undertaken this concert season. For more information on Karen von Kunes, click here.

About Wei-Yi Yang

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia, in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and with symphony orchestras. Most recently, Mr. Yang was praised by the New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall.

Winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Kennedy Center, the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music; the Great Hall (Leeds, England); the Taiwan National Concert Hall (Taipei); the Royal Dublin Society; and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others around the world. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yang has performed with members of the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras;  the New York Philharmonic; the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Singapore, and London Symphonies; Orpheus and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; and Orquestra do Estado de Sao Paulo, among others.

Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang was educated first in the United Kingdom, and then as a scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Yang has worked with such artists as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Vera Gornostaeva, Byron Janis, Murray Perahia, and the late Hans Graf. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, Mr. Yang was awarded a doctorate in musical arts by Yale University in 2004. In demand for guest-teaching and lectures, Mr. Yang has recently presented master classes and performances in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Daejeon, Korea, and in such institutions as Princeton University, University of Missouri, Syracuse University, and Ithaca College.

Mr. Yang’s performances are frequently heard and seen around the world via international television, radio, and web broadcasting media. He can be heard on the Renegade Classics, Albany Records, and Holland-America Music Society labels. Mr. Yang has appeared at festivals in Novi Sad (Serbia), Monterrey (Mexico), Kotor (Montenegro), PianoFest (Long Island), Norfolk (Connecticut), Napa Valley, and La Jolla (California). Mr. Yang has recently collaborated with such artists as Frederica von Stade, Richard Stoltzman, David Shifrin, and the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets. This season in New Haven, Mr. Yang can be heard sharing a “Schubertiade” with Michael Friedmann in March, and in April at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments with Clive Greensmith in a special concert (featuring period instruments) dedicated to the complete works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn.  Wei-Yi Yang joined the faculty at Yale University in 2005.  This is Mr. Yang’s third concert on the Horowitz Piano Series that features a major solo work by Schubert.

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