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Wei-Yi Yang performs Chopin, Schubert, Prokofiev Nov. 11

Program features sonatas by Prokofiev and Schubert plus a Chopin nocturne
October 23, 2015

Wei-Yi YangThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents pianist Wei-Yi Yang in recital on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm. Yang, a faculty member at the School of Music, will perform works for solo piano by Chopin, Prokofiev, and Schubert.

The program opens with Chopin‘s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1 in B-flat minor. Since being published in 1832, Chopin’s Opus 9 nocturnes have been some of the most popular works written for piano, often heard on television and film as well as in the concert hall.

This will be followed by Prokofiev‘s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84. This work was composed in the period following the 1941 German invasion of Russia, when Russia briefly loosened restrictions on compositional styles. This allowed Prokofiev to compose in a more personal way; but this sonata, along with several other works from this period, was banned from performance in Russia soon after the war.

Yang will conclude the evening with Schubert‘s Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major, D. 960. Written only a few months before his death in 1828, this work was among Schubert’s last major compositions for piano. It is often grouped with two other piano sonatas which were written during the same period, Op. 958 and 959; these three works are considered among the composer’s most important.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This concert is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, which is directed by Boris Berman

For more information or to purchase tickets, the public should visit music.yale.edu, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

About Wei-Yi Yang

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang has earned worldwide acclaim for his captivating performances and imaginative programming. Most recently, he was praised by the New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Gold Medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has also performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and across Europe, Australia, and Asia. A dynamic chamber musician with a diverse repertoire, Mr. Yang has collaborated with the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets; as well as Frederica von Stade, Clive Greensmith, and Richard Stoltzman, among numerous others.

Mr. Yang has curated inventive interdisciplinary projects, including a collaboration with actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture-recitals on the confluence of Czech music and literature; and multimedia performances of Granados’ Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings. He has given world premieres of new works by contem-
porary composers, including Howard Boatwright, Jonathan Cole, Daniel Godfrey, and Ezra Laderman. Mr. Yang studied first in the United Kingdom and then with Arkady Aronov in New York. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, he received his D.M.A. from Yale in 2004.

Wei-Yi Yang frequently presents master classes and performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea, and at Princeton University, Ithaca College, and the Hartt School. He has adjudicated the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial and the San Antonio International Piano competitions. Mr. Yang regularly appears at festivals across the United States, from Norfolk to Napa Valley, and abroad, including Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Mexico, and Scotland. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music.