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Tianwa Yang

Called “an unquestioned master of the violin” (American Record Guide) who “rises above her competition” (Fanfare), Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. The young violinist, a resident of Germany and heralded by the Detroit News as “the most important violinist to come on the scene in many a year,” has debuted with such major orchestras as the Detroit, Seattle, Baltimore, Nashville, Kansas City and New Zealand Symphonies, in addition to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Orchestre National d'Île de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Hong Kong, BBC, Deutsche Radio, Warsaw and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics. Ms. Yang has performed under the baton of renowned conductors as Marc Albrecht, JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, Günther Herbig, Yoel Levi, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Gerard Schwarz, Vassily Sinaisky amongst others. Other international engagements include those at the Schwetzingen, Ravinia and Montpellier Festivals, Wigmore Hall London, Salle Pleyel Paris, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Lincoln Center New York and the Berliner Philharmonie.

As a critically acclaimed recording artist for Naxos, Tianwa Yang will soon expand her discography with the release of both violin concertos by Mendelssohn, the complete solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe, and Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. A new recording with the works for violin and piano by Wolfgang Rihm has just been released and was already awarded a Diapason d’Or, the most important French record award. The remaining two albums from the eight disc set of the complete works for violin by Pablo Sarasate are due for release during this season. This set got many outstanding reviews, and recently, two of the discs were awarded a Diapason d’Or.

During the 2012-2013 season, Tianwa Yang continues to build her growing reputation in concert halls across Europe, Australasia and North America. She will give performances in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and New York on tour with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and return to many of the symphony and recital centers of the world.

Raised in Beijing, Tianwa Yang began studying violin at the age of four. Demonstrating unquestionable ability, she won six competitions as a young child. At the age of ten she was accepted to study at the Central Conservatory of her home city as a student of Lin Yaoji. Within one year, Hong Kong media described the young artist as “a pride of China.” Tianwa Yang recorded the 24 Paganini Caprices at the age of thirteen, making her the youngest artist ever to release the works. In 2003, she was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service to study chamber music in Germany, marking the beginning of her European career.

Tianwa Yang has won several awards during her career, including the Volkswagen Foundation prize “Star of Tomorrow” at the suggestion of Seiji Ozawa, and the 2006 “Prix Montblanc.” She holds a place on teaching faculty of the Music Academy of Kassel, Germany, and is grateful to Lin Yaoji, Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn and Anner Bylsma for the musical insight and support they have offered throughout her career.

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