in A Minor

Ken Lam, Conductor

January 13-14, 2017


The Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

Joyce Yang, Piano
Ken Lam, Conductor

in A Minor

Joyce Yang performs the immensely popular Concerto for Piano in A minor, one of Edvard Grieg’s earliest important works. Under the direction of Music Director Ken Lam, the CSO explores the visceral but accessible “Symphonic Variations” by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski and finishes with Prokofiev’s tour de force, Symphony No. 5.

Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.

Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, 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.

Highlights of Yang’s 2016/17 season include her debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, recitals in Anchorage, Beverly Hills, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Seattle, and at Spivey Hall in Georgia, and concerts with her frequent duo partner, violinist Augustin Hadelich, in Dallas, New York City, Saint Paul, San Francisco, and more. She will also perform at Chamber Music International in Dallas with the Alexander String Quartet. Fall marked the release of her first collaboration with Hadelich for Avie Records, and the world premiere recording of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto, created expressly for her and commissioned by the Albany Symphony. Additional appearances showcasing her vast repertoire include performances as orchestral soloist in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.

Witold Lutoslawski
Symphonic Variations

Edvard Grieg
Concerto for Piano


Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5

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Supported by John and Betsy Cahill