Pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences across the globe with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. She has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and notable collaborations with the world’s top orchestras. In 2010, she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant – one of classical music’s most prestigious accolades.
Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant, she took home two additional awards: the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet) and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work.
Since her spectacular debut, she has appeared with orchestras around the world including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson at age four. By age ten she had entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, and in 1997, moved to the United States to study at The Juilliard School with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor.
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