More success from YSM pianists

Fernando Altamura (photo by David Fung)

Fernando Altamura ’11MM won third prize in the Concurso Internacioal de Piano / First International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Prizes were awarded in a ceremony on July 10 at the Governador Pedro Ivo Campos Theater.

Andrea Lam ’04CERT is the winner of Astral Artists‘ national search competition.

Astral Artists is a nonprofit classical music organization that aims to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their artistry through concerts and outreach programs.

Incoming student Kuok-Wai Lio ’12 has been newly signed to Opus 3 Artists. He will study with Peter Frankl and Boris Berman.

Six Yale pianists, both current students and alumni, passed the preliminary rounds in the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and will compete for prizes in Warsaw this October:

Shih-Wei Huang ’11MM

Sheng-Yuan Kuan ’05MM

Hanchien Lee ’05MM, ’06AD

Esther Park ’12AD

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’10AD

Yury Shadrin ’08MM

Published July 22, 2010
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Alumni success in San Antonio International Piano Competition


Ryo Yanagitani ’04MM, ’05AD, ’08MMA and Andrea Lam ’04AD won major prizes in the Tenth San Antonio International Piano Competition. Yanagitani won the Gold Medal – the competition’s top prize – and Lam won the Silver Medal. In addition, Yanagitani was awarded prizes for the best performance of a Romantic work and of a work by a Latin American composer, as well as the prize of the junior jury. Lam was awarded prizes for the best performance of a Classical composition and best performance of a Russian work.

As the gold medal winner, Yanagitani will appear in performances with the San Antonio Symphony, St. Mark’s Music Series, and Symphony of the Hills (Kerrville).

The San Antonio International Piano Competition is a non-profit organization formed in 1983. Once every three years, it presents a unique series of events, held over a one-week period, featuring some of the finest young rising pianists to be found in the world of music. MORE

Published October 23, 2009
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Andrea Lam ’04AD reaches Van Cliburn semifinals

Andrea LamPianist Andrea Lam ’04AD has been selected as one of the twelve semi-finalists in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition. On the Van Cliburn Blog, Mike Winter has written: “With breath-taking pianissimos and phrasing, she found colors and depths in the music I never knew existed.” In the semi-final round, pianists perform a one-hour recital as well as a chamber music program with the Takács Quartet. The competition can be viewed live at; Lam will perform with the Takács Quartet on the evening of Saturday, May 30.

Read a Q&A with Lam here, and read some reviews of her performances here, here, and here. MORE

Published May 29, 2009
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Pianists Amy Yang and Andrea Lam to compete in the Cliburn Competition

Andrea Lam

Two pianists from the Yale School of Music, alumna Andrea Lam ’04AD and current Artist Diploma student Amy J. Yang, will be among the thirty competitors in the preliminary round of the upcoming Cliburn Competition.  Lam and Yang were selected from hundreds of recitals to compete in the prestigious event, which will take place in May. Named for the spectacular pianist Van Cliburn, winner of the First Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (1958), the competition is one of the most prestigious of its kind worldwide. It was first held in 1962 and has been repeated every four years since then. A complete list of the thirty finalists for 2009 is available on the Cliburn Competition’s website. After the Preliminary Round, twelve pianists will compete in the semifinal round; six will vie for top honors in the final round.

Australian pianist Andrea Lam began her musical training at age five, and at thirteen won the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Quest Competition Viewer Choice Award, which led to debuts with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Since then she has played with all of Australia’s major orchestras, and has also performed in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States, collaborating with such conductors as Michael Christie, Edo de Waart, Alan Gilbert, and Christopher Hogwood. A graduate of Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music, she will record two Mozart concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in July 2009.  More information is available at her website:

Amy YangAmy Jiaqi Yang immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling in Houston. First-prize winner of the Corpus Christi Young Artist’s Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation’s National Chopin Competition, she has performed throughout the United States and in China, Poland, Switzerland, and Turkey. Ms. Yang is an avid chamber musician and has recently participated in the Marlboro Festival, toured with Musicians from Ravinia, and performed with ensemble for former first lady Laura Bush at the White House. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a master’s degree from Juilliard, and is currently enrolled at Yale, where she also studies sculpture and classical guitar.  Audio clips are available at Ms. Yang’s MySpace Music site.

Published March 20, 2009
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