[ Piano ]
Pianist Wei-Yi Yang has performed worldwide as soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician to critical acclaim. Winner of the gold medal in San Antonio International Piano Competition, he has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and major venues across America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Most recently, he was praised by the New York Times in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall.
Wei-Yi Yang’s performances have been featured on NPR, PBS, ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and on recordings by Ovation, Albany Records, Renegade Classics, and the Holland-America Music Society. Yang is a frequent guest artist at the festivals of Novi Sad, Serbia; Monterrey, Mexico; Konstanz, Germany; Kotor, Montenegro; La Jolla and Napa, California; and Norfolk, Connecticut.
A dedicated chamber musician, Wei-Yi Yang has collaborated with many distinguished musicians, including the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; soprano Dawn Upshaw; clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and David Shifrin; violists Roger Tapping and Ettore Causa, and violinist Axel Strauss, among others. With cellist Clive Greensmith, he recently performed Mendelssohn’s complete duos for cello and piano on the 1884 Erard Grand piano at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.
His interest in interdisciplinary projects has led to a collaboration with English actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture/recitals on the confluence of music and literature in Czech culture as seen through works by Janácek and Kundera; and multimedia performances of Granados’ monumental Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings from Caprichos supplied by the Yale Art Gallery. Yang has collaborated with several composers to premiere their works, including Jonathan Cole’s Piano Trio “Sandlining“, Ezra Laderman’s Jersey Rain (a song cycle with texts by poet laureate Robert Pinsky), Howard Boatwright’s Piano Sonata, and Daniel Godfrey’s Concerto for piano and winds.
Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang studied first in the United Kingdom, and then at the Manhattan School of Music with Arkady Aronov. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, he earned his D.M.A. from Yale in 2004. Yang has also worked with renowned pianists Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Vera Gornostaeva, Byron Janis, and Murray Perahia. He is a founding member of the Soyulla Ensemble, who received the prestigious McKnight Fellowship, and recently made its debut at Alice Tully Hall.
In demand as an educator, Wei-Yi Yang has recently presented master classes and performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea, Serbia, and at Princeton University, Ithaca College, Pennsylvania State University, and the Hartt School. He has adjudicated at the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition and the San Antonio International Piano Competition. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music.