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San Francisco Performances Announces the Following 2021–22 Season Schedule Changes


Andres Tyson, piano
January 30, 2022, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45

Herbst Theatre


Joyce Yang, piano
November 30, 2021, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45

Herbst Theatre

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—July 7, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) announces the cancellation of pianist Andrew Tyson’s SFP recital debut scheduled for Sunday, January 30, 2022, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre, due to a recent hand injury.

SFP is pleased to announce the addition of pianist Joyce Yang to the 2021–22 season. Yang will make her solo SFP debut on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. She made her first appearance with the Alexander String Quartet in 2019.

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. In solo recital, Yang’s innovative programs have been praised as “extraordinary” and “kaleidoscopic” (Los Angeles Times).

Yang first 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 took home two additional awards: Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takács Quartet), and Best Performance of a New Work. In 2006 Yang made her celebrated New York Philharmonic debut alongside Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall along with the orchestra’s tour of Asia, making a triumphant return to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. Yang’s subsequent appearances with the New York Philharmonic have included opening night of the 2008 Leonard Bernstein Festival—an appearance made at the request of Maazel in his final season as music director. The New York Times pronounced her performance in Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety a “knockout.”

In the last decade, Yang has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), showcasing her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians through more than 1,000 debuts and re-engagements. She received the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant and earned her first Grammy nomination (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich (“One can only sit in misty-eyed amazement at their insightful flair and spontaneity.” —The Strad). She has become a staple of the summer festival circuit with frequent appearances on the programs of the Aspen Summer Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest and the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

As an avid chamber musician, Yang has collaborated with the Takács Quartet for Dvořák—part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series—and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet with members of the Emerson String Quartet at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Yang has fostered an enduring partnership with the Alexander String Quartet. Following their debut disc of Brahms and Schumann Quintets, their recording of Mozart’s Piano Quartets was released in July 2018 (FoghornClassics). Jerry Dubins of Fanfare Magazine wrote that the renditions were “by far, hands down and feet up, the most amazing performances of Mozart’s two piano quartets that have ever graced these ears.”

Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at the age of four. She quickly took to the instrument, which she received as a birthday present. Over the next few years won several national piano competitions in her native country. By the age of ten, she had entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, and went on to make a number of concerto and recital appearances in Seoul and Daejeon. In 1997, Yang moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. During her first year at Juilliard, Yang won the pre-college division Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just twelve years old. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, and in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award.

Yang appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She is a Steinway artist.

Her November 20, 2021 program will be as follows:

BACH: French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
RACHMANINOFF: Ten Preludes, Op. 23
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons in G, Op. 37a, June: Barcarolle in G minor
LISZT: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can currently only be purchased as part of a subscription at or by calling 415.392.2545. Single ticket purchases to this event will be available Monday, September 13, 2021.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm and engaging arts experience.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. San Francisco Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

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San Francisco Performances Presents
Andrew Tyson, piano
Sunday, January 30, 2022, 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;


San Francisco Performances Presents
Joyce Yang, piano
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 7:30pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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