Clara Yang, Piano

Piano soloist on the Symphony’s March 24 and 25, 2018 concerts


Praised by Fanfare magazine 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, 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 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 and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under Carl St. Clair.  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.

Clara Yang has given solo recitals at major conservatories and universities including the Musical College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, 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 from 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 given masterclasses in the United States and abroad.  She has been a member of the piano faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2011.

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.