Pianist Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at age 19, she won the awards for best performance of chamber music and a new work. A Steinway artist, she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Sydney symphony orchestras, among others, working with conductors including James Conlon, Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey, and Jaap van Zweden. She has appeared in recital at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Zurich’s Tonhalle. Her 2015–16 season highlights include a tour of eight summer festivals (including Aspen, Seattle, and Bravo! Vail), and a steady stream of debuts, returns, and chamber music concerts. She makes her New Jersey Symphony Orchestra debut with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, celebrating the orchestra’s season finale and music director Jacque Lacombe’s final concert; performs and records the World Premiere of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto (created for her and commissioned by the Albany Symphony); and returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. She also performs with the Colorado Springs, Orlando, and Reading Philharmonic orchestras, and the Alabama, Anchorage, Corpus Christi, Greenwich, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pasadena, Princeton, Santa Fe, Utah, and Vancouver symphony orchestras. Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1986, she received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. In 1997 she moved to the U.S. to begin studies at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. After winning The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with that orchestra at age 12. She appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition.
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