Joyce Yang


Photo by: KT Kim

Pianist Joyce Yang 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 also took home the awards for Best Performance of Chamber Music and of a New Work.

A Steinway artist, in 2010 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Ms. Yang has performed with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and BBC Philharmonic, among many others. The 2018-19 season finds Joyce Yang appearing with many North American orchestras including those of San Diego, Knoxville, Colorado, Alabama, Wichita, and Tucson, among others. She will give several recitals as well, including those at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA, and in Akron, Ohio.

In the 2017-18 season Joyce Yang returned to the Baltimore Symphony, and had her first collaboration with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet on a new work for dancers and solo piano choreographed by Jorma Elo. Yang also appeared with many other U.S. orchestras including, among others, those of Santa Rosa, Rochester, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, and Vancouver. Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1986, Ms. Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. In 1997 she moved to the United States to study in the pre-college division of The Juilliard School. After winning The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just 12 years old. She appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Cliburn Competition.

This is Ms. Yang’s debut with the ESO.