Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Pianist Yi-heng Yang has been noted by The New York Times for “astonishing skill and vividness,” and maintains a diverse range of musical activities, ranging from performances on historical period pianos to premieres of works by living composers. Yi-heng regularly collaborates with period and modern performers and offers a historically informed, vibrant musical style.
Recent recitals on fortepianos include performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, and the Geelvinck Museum in Amsterdam. This past year Yi-heng also premiered Jonathan Dawe’s Concerto for Fortepiano, Fragments and Fractals, which was written especially for her. On the modern piano this season, Yi-heng appeared with the Netherlands Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), playing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the world premiere of Dutch composer Peter van Onna’s orchestral work Antarctica. Upcoming concerts include a solo piano recital at the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, New Hampshire.
Ms. Yang was winner of The Juilliard School's Mozart Piano Concerto Competition and the Haddonfield Symphony Concerto Competition. She has been a soloist with The New Juilliard Ensemble, the York Symphony Orchestra of Toronto, and The Juilliard Orchestra, performing in such venues as Lincoln Center Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls.
Yi-heng is an active chamber musician and has appeared at music festivals including Yellow Barn, The Taos School of Music, The Banff Centre, The Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, Summergarden at the MoMA, and the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music. She is a regular faculty member at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and performs frequently with members of the Netherlands Kamerorkest, Northern Sinfonia (UK), and the Radio Kamer Filharmonie (Netherlands).
Yi-heng is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at The Juilliard School as a student of Robert McDonald. In addition, she recently earned a Masters degree summa cum laude in fortepiano at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she was under the tutelage of renowned fortepianist Stanley Hoogland. Past piano teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Julian Martin, Marc Durand, and Sylvia Eckes. She has also studied historical performance practice with Malcolm Bilson, Jaap ter Linden, Menno van Delft, Therese de Goede, Bob van Asperen, Vera Beths, David Breitman, Andrew Willis, and Audrey Axinn.
Yi-heng was a recipient of the Harvey Fellowship (Mustard Seed Foundation), and the Huygens Grant (NUFFIC) by the Dutch Minister of Culture. Many of her performances this season are generously supported by the Worldwide Musicians Fund (Holland). She currently resides in Holland with her husband, double bassist Max Zeugner.