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Season opening with pianist Joyce Yang

Season opening with pianist Joyce Yang
Aug 28, 2018

Praised by the New York Times for her “vivid and beautiful playing,” South Korean pianist Joyce Yang will open Tuesday Musical’s 2018-19 MainStage season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron.

The program will feature works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leoš Janáček and Franz Liszt, plus a new piano sonata by 24-year-old Australian composer Elizabeth Younan.

Audience members can learn more about the program at 6:30 p.m. on the EJ stage, during the Concert Conversation between Yang and Asadour Santourian, vice president for artist administration and artistic advisor for the Aspen Music Festival, where the pianist has performed for the past 12 years.

Tickets are $25, $40, $45 and free for all students of any age. They are available HERE or 330-761-3460, and at the door that evening.

Yang recently received her first Grammy nomination for Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann, recorded with longtime duet partner Augustin Hadelich. She is a Steinway Artist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient.

She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. That year’s youngest contestant at age 19, she took home two additional awards: the Steven De Groote 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.

Since Yang's debut, she has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). She has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sydney, New Jersey and Toronto symphony orchestras, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic, among others. In recital, she has taken the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Chicago’s Symphony Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle.