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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

“This lovely recital by Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang speaks to the core of what a musical heart means by romance. It might easily have been all-Chopin or all-Schumann, and we would surely come away beguiled by Yang’s light, fluid take on 1840s sparkle and sentiment. But how much better to “fold time” in upon itself and mix in from our own day pieces which speak to the same ardor, ebullience, and nostalgia. The emotional origami of love and loss works in any century, after all…” (Steven Kruger, 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, Remonstrantse Kerk (The Netherlands), the Seymour Centre (Sydney, Australia), the Barclay Theater (Irvine, California), Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater (Rochester, New York), the Sunset Center (Carmel, California), Memorial Hall (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Meymandi Concert Hall (Raleigh, North Carolina), and on series such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago Cultural Center) and Mas i Mas at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). She is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was featured as one of the three scholars in the acclaimed Chinese national magazine Globe (环球杂志) in 2014.

Her upcoming major performances include a world premiere of Chen Yi’s piano concerto Four Spirits, which was written for her, with the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. China Central Television (CCTV) will broadcast this performance. She will perform a U.S. premiere of the concerto with the CPO conducted by Long Yu in the Carolina Performing Arts Series in 2016. In addition, she will perform Phillip Glass’s etudes along with the composer himself and other well-known artists in the Glass at 80 festival in 2017.

Her live solo recitals and performances were broadcast on ABC Classic FM in Australia and New Zealand, 98.7 WFMT, and on Wayne Picciano’s “Grand Piano” series, which was broadcast on television in multiple states across the country. 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, the Longview Symphony under Tonu Kalam, and numerous appearances with the North Carolina Symphony under Grant Llewellyn. Her solo album Folding Time was released by Albany Records in July 2015, featuring two pieces by Timo Andres and Phil Young. With the support of New Music USA and Carolina Performing Arts, she worked with Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Matthew Snyder and recorded in Memorial Hall, NC. This album won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal. Her cello-piano duo album Grieg and Prokofiev (Albany Records) with Los Angeles Opera cellist Xiao-Dan Helen Zheng was released in 2014. It has been aired on Montana Public Radio KUFM 89.1 FM, Women in Music CKWR FM 98.5 (Canada), and WCPE 89.7 FM (North Carolina) with a featured interview. She recorded Lee Weisert‘s Érard, which was written for her, for Weisert’s album Wild Arc on the New Focus label. 

As a guest artist, Ms. Yang has given successful solo recitals in numerous major conservatories and universities internationally, including the Musical College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, King’s College London, the Liceu Conservatory, the Cervera Conservatory, and the Manresa Conservatory in Spain, the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory, and the Central Conservatory Piano Academy in Xiamen, China. She has performed in renowned music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, and the Aspen Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists such as members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

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). She has also worked with numerous renowned performers and pedagogues, such as Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Karl Heinz Kammerling, Robert Levin, Lee Kum-Sing, Jerome Lowenthal, David Shifrin, the Emerson String Quartet, and the Ysaye String Quartet.

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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