Wei Yi Yang

pianist, Taiwan


A pianist from Taiwan, Wei-Yi Yang has performed throughout the United States, the British Isles, and Asia as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals. Winner of the Gold medal in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Yang's performances have been featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, on WFMT-Illinois as part of the "Live From Studio One" concert series, and KLRN public television in Texas. He has garnered top prizes and awards in the Manhattan Concerto Competition, New York ’s Five Town Arts Foundation Competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, the Long Island Young Artist Competition, and Yale’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. Wei-Yi Yang graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Arkady Aronov.

He has also worked with several internationally renowned artists such as Murray Perahia, Vera Gornostaeva, Jerome Lowenthal, Byron Janis, and the late Hans Graf. Under the guidance of renowned pianist of the Russian tradition, Boris Berman, as well as tutelage from Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, Yang received his MMA degree from Yale University. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Wei-Yi Yang has performed at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, on the Yamaha Young Artist Series in New York, on the Yale Chamber Music Series in New Haven, at PianoFest in East Hampton, the Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis, the Ruth Taylor Hall in San Antonio, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow, the Great Hall in Leeds, and the Royal Dublin Society.

Having performed at La Jolla International Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yang has collaborated with members of some of the world’s finest orchestras such as London Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra do Estado de Sao Paulo and Orquestra de Camara Villa-Lobos, as well as members of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II. In 2000, Yang made his first appearance with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, which was part of the orchestra's 40th anniversary celebration.

His upcoming performances include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York, a debut performance at Kennedy Center in Washington, a world premier of the Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble by Daniel Godfrey at Yale University, and a debut appearance at the Monterrey International Piano Festival in Mexico. Since fall of 2002, Wei-Yi Yang has been appointed chair of the keyboard department at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music.