Clara Yang, Piano

Soloist on the Symphony’s March 24 and 25, 2018 concerts, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Praised by Fanfare as “a first-rate pianist who knows her stuff and isn’t afraid of challenges,” Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang has performed in notable venues and series such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Remonstrantse Kerk (The Netherlands), the Seymour Centre (Sydney, Australia), Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater (Rochester, New York), the Sunset Center (Carmel, California), Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago Cultural Center), and Mas i Mas at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (Spain).

Recent engagements include a collaboration with renowned composer Chen Yi who wrote a concerto for her to premiere with the China Philharmonic Orchestra on the Carolina Performing Arts Series in December, 2016. She played Phillip Glass’s selected etudes along with the composer on the same series last year. And, she performed Mozart’s Rondo in A Major and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the North Carolina Symphony during the 2016-17 season.

Other 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.  With support from New Music USA, Ms. Yang’s solo album, Folding Time, was released by Albany Records in July, 2015.  It won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal and received rave reviews from New York Arts, American Record Guide and Fanfare. Her cello-piano duo album of works by Grieg and Prokofiev (Albany Records) with Los Angeles Opera cellist Xiao-Dan Helen Zheng was released in 2014.  She has 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, Clara Yang has given solo recitals at major conservatories and universities  including the Musical College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, King’s College London, the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory, and the Central Conservatory Piano Academy in Xiamen, China. Festival appearances include 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.

A sought-after teacher, Ms. Yang has frequently given masterclasses in the United States and abroad at major universities and conservatories.  She has taught piano at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2011. Her students have won prizes in state, national and international competitions.

Clara Yang received her DMA in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music. She studied with Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music (Master of Music, Artist Diploma) and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California.