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Clara Yang

Chapel Hill, NC            

“Like so many young pianists, she has a flawless technique, but she possesses qualities that many of the others don’t, particularly her way of incorporating the most difficult technical passages into the ongoing musical discourse and a long view of the music in terms of structure. She also has a gorgeous piano tone… A first-rate recital by a first-rate pianist who knows her stuff and isn’t afraid of challenges.” – Fanfare (regarding album Folding Time)

“This lovely recital by Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang speaks to the core of what a musical heart means by romance… come away beguiled by Yang’s light, fluid take on 1840s sparkle and sentiment.” – New York Arts  Full Article

“Ms. Yang brought out the subtle variation of color and the shifts in rhythmic patterns were performed with clarity and the kind of supple freedom that even the most refined orchestral conductor could hardly match…She combined impressive keyboard prowess with probing emotional depth and daring individuality through to the thunderous conclusion.” – Peninsula Reviews Full Article

Chinese-American Pianist Clara Yang has performed in notable venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Seymour Centre (Sydney, Australia), Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater (Rochester, New York), the Sunset Center (Carmel, California), Meymandi Concert Hall (Raleigh, North Carolina), and on series such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago) and Carolina Performing Arts. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Besides performing the traditional repertoire, Ms. Yang is also an avid contemporary and new music interpreter. The distinguished composer Chen Yi composed the piano concerto Four Spirits for her in 2016. Ms. Yang performed the U.S. premiere of the concerto with the distinguished conductor Maestro Long Yu leading the China Philharmonic Orchestra on the Carolina Performing Arts series in December 2016. She performed the world premiere of this work in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. In addition, she performed Phillip Glass’s etudes along with the composer himself in the Glass at 80 festival in 2017.

Concert highlights as a soloist include performances with the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Eastman Philharmonia under Jeff Tyzik, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under Carl St. Clair, and numerous appearances with the North Carolina Symphony under Grant Llewellyn. Her solo album Folding Time was released by Albany Records in 2015, featuring two pieces by Timo Andres and Phil Young. This album won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal and was named one of Best of 2016 on America Record Guide. She recorded Lee Weisert‘s Érard, which was written for her, for Weisert’s album Wild Arc on the New Focus label. 

Ms. Yang has given solo recitals in major conservatories, including the Musical College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, King’s College London, the Liceu Conservatory in Spain, the Beijing Central Conservatory, and the Shanghai Conservatory. Ms. Yang received her D.M.A. in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Nelita True. She studied with Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music (M.M., Artist Diploma) and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California as a student of John Perry. Her former principal teachers during her pre-college years include Hans Boepple, Zhou Guangren and Li Huili (Central Conservatory, Beijing).

How can I live in your world of ideas? (Timo Andres)

This is a first commercial recording of Timo Andres’s How can I live in your world of ideas?, part of my solo piano album Folding Time (Albany Records, 2015).

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Reflection on a Tang Poem (Phil Young)

This piece was commissioned for my solo album Folding Time. It is based on a famous Tang Dynasty Poem “Night Mooring at the Maple Bridge.”

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Érard (Lee Weisert)

My friend and colleague Lee Weisert wrote this piece for me, and I recorded it for his album Wild Arc (New Focus Recordings, 2014)

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