At age 18, Tony Yike Yang is already a highly accomplished pianist. A frequent prizewinner, his recent success at the XVII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, in winning fifth place at the age of 16, made him that competition's youngest-ever laureate. Prior to that, Tony had earned first prizes at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition and the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition. He has also been awarded top prizes at many other competitions, such as the Hilton Head International Young Artists Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, and the Canadian National Chopin Competition, as the competition's youngest competitor ever in 2014.
Tony has performed extensively in Canada and the USA made many appearances in Europe and Asia, in festivals and other events. An impressive list of orchestral appearances include the Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Metropolitain, the Hilton Head Symphony, the Ottawa Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Festival Orchestra, and the RCM Academy Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival, Oberlin-Lake Como Academy, Festival de Lanaudiere, Stratford Summer Music, Canadian Chopin Festival, Bravo Niagara, Wintergreen, and the International Niagara Music Festival. Many television programs have featured Tony as well, such the 'Inspiration Generation' series on Global TV, where he was one of six outstanding Canadian young people to represent the talents and excellence of Canadians. Most recently, Tony was named CBC Music's Classical Young Artist of 2016 and was featured as one of the "25 hot Canadian musicians of all genres under 25" by CBC Music.
Tony is currently a full-scholarship student in the Harvard University and New England Conservatory of Music Joint Degree Program, where he studies with Professor Wha Kyung Byun. Previously he studied in the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School and at the Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Tony is one of 30 pianists chosen to compete in Forth Worth, Texas at the upcoming Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which begins in late May. His program for the Chopin Society includes works he has prepared for the Cliburn rounds.
Tony Yike Yang replaces Kate Liu, who has regretfully had to cancel her May 7 appearance because of injury.
Tony Yike Yang
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00 PM
SCARLATTI Sonata in A Major (K. 212)
SCARLATTI Sonata in D minor (K. 9)
CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
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