Pianist Joyce Yang Wins Juilliard's 30th Annual William Petschek Recital Award

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Joyce Yang by Larry Ford
Joyce Yang by Larry Ford


Pianist and Juilliard alumna Joyce Yang has won Juilliard’s 30th Annual William Petschek Piano Recital Award and will be presented in her Alice Tully Hall debut on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 8 PM. (Program to be announced at a later date.) Ms. Yang came to international attention as Silver Medalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005. As the youngest contestant at age 19, she swept two additional awards as an all-around winner, receiving the Steven DeGroote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music with the Takàcs Quartet and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work. Last year, Ms. Yang was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Now 24 years old, Ms. Yang has performed on multiple occasions with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Houston Symphony, as well as with Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and BBC Philharmonic, among others, in collaboration with renowned conductors, such as Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, and Leonard Slatkin. On less than twelve hours notice she stepped in for an ailing Lang Lang to unanimous acclaim on January 29 with the Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by another Juilliard alumna, JoAnn Falletta.

As a frequent recitalist, Ms. Yang has appeared in Chicago Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. “In recent recitals, Yang revealed poetic and sensitive pianism,” commented The Washington Post. “Here, she showed herself capable of hurling thunderbolts.” Ms. Yang also is an avid chamber musician and continues her longtime collaboration with the Takàcs Quartet performing with them this season and touring with violinist Stefan Jackiw and the Miró Quartet. Her debut CD, distributed by harmonia mundi usa, includes live performances of works by Bach, Liszt, Scarlatti, and the Australian composer Carl Vine. Ms. Yang is a frequent guest of American Public Media’s nationally syndicated radio program, Performance Today. She is a Steinway artist. 

Highlights of Ms. Yang’s 2010-11 season include concerto performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Israel Camerata, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic; chamber concerts with the Miró Quartet with the La Jolla Music Society; recitals and chamber music concerts with the Takàcs Quartet in Hawaii; and recitals in Sydney, Australia and Berkeley, California.  

Ms. Yang was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States in 1997 at age 11 to study in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, who currently is the Susan W. Rose Chair of the School’s piano department and Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. In May 2010, Ms. Yang received her bachelor of music degree from Juilliard’s College Division and graduated with special honor, as the recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize.

The William Petschek Piano Recital award was established 30 years ago, through the generosity of the William Petschek Charitable Trust, to assist in launching the careers of young pianists. Previous winners have included Frederic Chiu, Jeremy Denk, Jon Kimura Parker, and Orion Weiss, among others.                      


Tickets at $30 and $15 will be available beginning March 31 at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office or through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500. Half-price tickets for students and seniors are available; TDF is accepted. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.