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Yi-heng Yang


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Pianist and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang has been described as an “exquisite collaborator" (Opera News), “suberbly adept" (Gramophone) and noted for her “remarkable expressivity and technique" (Early Music Magazine).

Her work spans from collaborations on period instruments with visionary artists such as the Grammy award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman, in their acclaimed and timely album, Where Only Stars Can Hear Us (Avie Records),  to groundbreaking and provocative explorations into Romantic and Classical performance practice with cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth (Brahms Cello Sonatas on Deux-Elles), baroque violinist Abby Karr (Mendelssohn Violin Sonatas on Olde Focus), and harpsichordist Rebecca Cypess (Sisters Face-to-Face on Acis).

As a soloist and collaborator, Yi-heng has appeared at festivals and series such as The Boston Early Music Festival, The New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series at Merkin Hall,The Serenata of Santa Fe Series, Sunday Chatter Albuquerque, The Dayton Early Music Series, The Frederick Collection, The Finchcocks Collection, The Cobbe Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe.

Ms. Yang holds a doctorate in piano from the Juilliard School, and studied there with Veda Kaplinksy, Robert McDonald, and Julian Martin. She studied fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She has received grants from The Mustard Seed Foundation’s Harvey Fellowship, and The Dutch Ministry of Culture’s Huygens Award. Ms. Yang is on the faculty at The Juilliard School Precollege and College Divisions, where she teaches piano, fortepiano, chamber music, keyboard skills and improvisation. She has also taught at The Mannes School of Music and Rutgers University. She is a director of The Academy for Fortepiano Performance in Hunter, NY, and the creator of their International Fortepiano Salon Series—a popular monthly live-streaming gathering of fortepiano enthusiasts and practitioners—which has reinvigorated and celebrated fortepiano performance and musical community during the pandemic.

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