Pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.
Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. By age ten, she had entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts. In 1997, Yang moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, and in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award.
She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, 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 performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sydney, New Jersey, and Toronto symphony orchestras, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic. In recital, Yang has taken the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Chicago’s Symphony Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
In 2017, Yang received her first Grammy nomination for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she continues her partnership with longtime collaborators Alexander String Quartet with performances of works by Schumann and Brahms in California and New York. Yang appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She is a Steinway artist.
Pre-concert talk: All are invited to the Penler Space at 6:30PM to hear Yaniv Dinur speak about the evening’s program.