Pianist Joyce Yang:  "Rachmaninoff knows when to make you suffer and when to give you that ultimate release..."

•  Detroit Symphony Orchestra:  Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky  Live webcast on Friday, November 30, featuring Peter Oundjian, conductor, featuring Joyce Yang, piano

Program includes Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 (“Little Russian”)


•   AGE    26

•   BORN   Seoul, Korea

•   STUDIES   “She began playing piano at age four as her aunt's first piano student (her aunt bought her a piano for her fourth birthday present). At age nine, Yang went to New York with her mother and aunt to play for Yoheved Kaplinsky. Kaplinsky said that she would be excited to teach her, but Yang's family did not have enough money to move to New York. So, Kaplinsky recommended her to study with Choong Mo Kang in South Korea. At age ten she entered the Korean National Conservatory studying under Kang, while she also swept many awards from numerous competitions in South Korea. In 1997 Joyce moved to New York and began studying in Juilliard's pre-college division with Kaplinsky. While in New York, she attended Ward Melville High School. Yang graduated from Juilliard with special honor, as the recipient of the 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize.” --Wikipedia

•  PRIZES   Yang gained international renown during the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  She was awarded the silver medal at the age of 19, the competition's youngest participant.

Cliburn Concerts Presents Joyce Yang: Schumann’s Carnaval (excerpts)  Joyce Yang performs excerpts of Schumann's Carnaval.  The recital by the 2005 Cliburn Competition Silver Medalist on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 opened the 2007-2008 Cliburn at the Bass season at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.  Courtesy of Fort Worth Community Cable Television.


"Rachmaninoff knows when to make you suffer and when to give you that ultimate release..." (from an interview for the Pacific Symphony, before a performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3)

CLASSICAL TV:  What is it about this Rachmaninoff concerto that accounts for its enduring popularity?  And what makes it so satisfying for a pianist to play?  Did you have any fears when first approaching this great work as a performer and how did you address those?

JOYCE YANG:  Rachmaninoff concerti bring a number of incredible musical elements to the stage-- the drama, the nostalgia, and fireworks. Everyone is in a spectacular journey together as soon as the concert takes off. It is satisfying both for the musicians on stage and the audience. Rachmaninoff's timing is perfect-- he makes you yearn for the passages that unfold-- he guides your hand through places you never thought existed. Of course there are extreme technical and emotional challenges when approaching this work-- even for the thousandth time. Each rehearsal, each concert is a new discovery. The possibilities are endless. 

CTV:  What makes playing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra so special for you?

JY:  Playing with Detroit symphony for the first time is a huge honor. every great orchestra has its signature sound and an incredible energy and passion in which they make music-- i felt this the moment the rehearsals started. it is truly a joy to be playing with the DSO-- and to be making music with people that want to make each and every moment count...