A “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse” (Washington Post), AMY YANG balances an active career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. In 2020, she shared the stage with Anne-Marie McDermott, Yefim Bronfman, Paul Neubauer, and the Dover Quartet in a myriad of performances at Bravo! Vail. Additionally, she gave her solo debut as well as joined forces with the Jasper String Quartet in piano quintets by Tania Léon and Joan Tower for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 35th season. She was also featured in a full episode with Emmy® Award-winning producer Jim Cotter of Articulate, aired on PBS in 2021. 2021 also brought about appearances with violinist Tessa Lark at Wigmore Hall, Gardner Museum, Cal Performances, Rockport Music Festival, and International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Series. Her upcoming appearances will be at Hawaii Concert Society, Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, The Seattle Series, Music at Pine Street, Coastal Concerts (DE), with violist Roberto Díaz and oboist Philippe Tondre for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and playing with violinists Danbi Um and Paul Huang at Santa Fe Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music San Francisco. 2023 summer brings her to Chamberfest Cleveland, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Kingston Chamber Music Festival.
At the Curtis Institute of Music, she is the Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives. She will make her debut playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in April, 2023.
Collaborating with leading musicians, Ms. Yang toured with Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Tito Muñoz and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and premiered music by Michael Hersch at Cal Performances, Ojai Music Festival and Aldeburgh Festival. Additional collaborations include performances with Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Bomsori Kim, Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Tessa Lark, Paul Neubauer, Tara Helen O’Conor, Joseph Silverstein, members of Guarneri String Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dover Quartet, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet and A Far Cry. In addition to working with Dame Mitsuko Uchida at Marlboro School of Music, she was chosen to participate in her Carnegie Hall Workshop on Mozart’s Piano Concerti.
She has soloed with Houston Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony and Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM.
Ms. Yang has premiered music by Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, Paul Wianko and Hua Yang. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove, Verbier Academy, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, Chelsea Music Festival, Caramoor, Olympic Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Twickenham Fest, Saltbay Chamberfest, among others.
An active recording artist, her discography includes her solo album “Resonance” (MSR Classics), a world premiere recording of piano music by Ezra Laderman (Albany Records), albums with violinists Itamar Zorman (BIS Records), Tessa Lark (First Hand Records), Danbi Um, Carol Jantsch, and José Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records).
At Curtis Institute of Music, she previously held the roles of program director and piano faculty of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program for nine summers. She also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. She has given masterclasses at UCLA, Mannes College of Music, University of Oklahoma, for New York Youth Symphony, and her students have soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and entered Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Bard Conservatory, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.
Winner of the 2018 Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia prize and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, she is an alumna of Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Award for Outstanding Pianist and the Alumni Association Prize. Her past teachers include Li Qing, Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl.
Aiming to lead a life rich in learning, aside from wondrous adventures in music, she would love to linger long in the worlds of visual art, neuroscience, and horticulture.