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Joyce YangPiano

Joyce Yang

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue InformationSan Francisco

$70/$55/$45

This performance replaces the canceled Andrew Tyson performance on our 2021-22 Piano Series.

About This Performance

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). She makes her solo SFP debut in this concert, having already performed on our stage with the Alexander String Quartet.

Program

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

Encore

GRIEG: Nocturne, Op. 54, No. 4

Performance Sponsor

James R. Meehan, Individual Sponsor

Artist Information

Performer Biography

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.

She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 2006 Yang made her celebrated New York Philharmonic debut alongside Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall before joining 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)

Notable orchestral engagements have included the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the BBC Philharmonic, as well as the Toronto, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She was also featured in a five-year Rachmaninoff concerto cycle with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony, to which she brought “an enormous palette of colors, and tremendous emotional depth” (Milwaukee Sentinel Journal).

In solo recital, Yang’s innovative program has been praised as “extraordinary” and “kaleidoscopic” (Los Angeles Times). She has performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Chicago’s Symphony Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle. In 2018, Musica Viva presented Yang in an extensive recital tour throughout Australia.

As an avid chamber musician, Yang has collaborated with many renowned string quartets, such as the Guarneri, Takács, Emerson, and the Pacifica String Quartets, and has fostered an enduring partnership with the Alexander String Quartet. After releasing two highly celebrated disc of Brahms and Schumann Quintets and the Mozart’s Piano Quartets (“by far, hands down and feet up, the most amazing performances of Mozart’s two piano quartets that have ever graced these ears” Fanfare Magazine), they completed a tour of North America in the 2018–19 season performing Quintet with Pillars by Samuel Carl Adams, a newly commissioned work composed for the quartet and Yang to celebrate their 10 years of collaboration.

Yang’s wide-ranging discography includes the world premiere recording of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto, created expressly for Yang and commissioned by the Albany Symphony. Yang has also “demonstrated impressive gifts” (New York Times) with the release of Wild Dreams (Avie Records), on which she plays Schumann, Bartók, Hindemith, Rachmaninoff, and arrangements by Earl Wild. She recorded Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Denmark’s Odense Symphony Orchestra that International Record Review called “hugely enjoyable, beautifully shaped…a performance that marks her out as an enormous talent.”

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.