19-year-old Chinese-Canadian pianist TONY YIKE YANG is emerging as one of the foremost pianists of the younger generation. As a frequent prizewinner, Yang garnered 5th Prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition at age 16, the youngest-ever laureate of the competition.
Recently, Yang was also awarded the Jury Discretionary Award at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he was the youngest competitor. In previous years, Yang has won top prizes at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition (Oberlin, 2014), the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition (Phoenix, 2013), the Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition (Hilton Head, 2013), the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, 2012), and the Canadian National Chopin Competition (Toronto, 2014).
Yang has performed extensively in Canada and the United States, and has made numerous appearances in Europe and Asia. Aside from his appearances at festivals and gala events, a few highlights include performances for Her Royal Highness Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Yang has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Festival Orchestra, and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Academy Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has also performed at the Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival, Rockport Music Festival, Oberlin-Lake Como Academy, Festival de Lanaudière, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Canadian Chopin Festival, Bravo Niagara, Wintergreen Music, and the International Niagara Music Festival, among others.
Yang’s debut album, Tony Yike Yang – Chopin: Sonata B-Moll / Ballada F-Moll / Mazurki, was released in August 2016 on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s Blue Series. The tracks are from Yang’s live performance in the second and third stages of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in October 2015. The album includes an editorial review by the Chopin Institute noting how Yang’s extraordinary account of the Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60 captivated audiences in Poland and across the world.
Yang has been featured on many television programs, including the “Inspiration Generation” series on Global TV, where he was selected as one of six outstanding Canadian young people. In 2016, Yang was named CBC Music’s Classical Young Artist.
Yang is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Economics and Piano Performance through the Harvard University-New England Conservatory of Music Joint-Degree Program, where he studies piano with Prof. Wha Kyung Byun. In the past, he was a full-scholarship student at the Juilliard Pre-College School with Julian Martin, as well as at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music with James Anagnoson.