Tuesday January 30th 2.00 pm
Yuanfan Yang (piano)
Mozart: Piano sonata in F K280
Beethoven: Piano sonata in G Op 31 no 1
Chopin: Piano sonata in B flat minor Op 35 'Funeral March'
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Yuanfan Yang was born in Edinburgh, began learning the piano when he was 6 and passed Grade 8 with Distinction at the age of 8. Yuanfan studied piano at Chetham's School of Music from 2008-2015 with Murray McLachlan, and is now studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton. He has won numerous competitions including 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition in the USA in 2015, and 1st Prize of the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany in 2014. He has also won the first prizes in the Keyboard Category of BBC Young Musician 2012, the 2010 RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (under 19), the 2009 Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition for Young Pianists (age 16 and under), and both category and overall prizes at the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) UK Piano Competition 2010. Most recently he won the UK Liszt Society International Piano Prize 2015, the Royal Academy of Music's Sterndale Bennett Prize 2015 and the 9th Grand Prix Interlaken Classics International Piano Competition 2016.
He has performed at many major venues in the UK, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Cadogan Hall in London, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Leeds Town Hall, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Liverpool Floral Pavilion Theatre, the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and has performed concertos by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Mozart, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. He has been broadcast on television and radio including BBC 2, BBC 4, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, WCLV Classical Radio, American Public Media, BR Klassik Radio and Romanian National Radio,
Yuanfan is also a versatile composer and an accomplished improviser, and several of his works have been performed and broadcast. In September 2014, Yuanfan's new Piano Concerto – ‘The Wilderness', scored for solo piano and full symphony orchestra, was premiered in Qianjiang, China; the concerto was performed again at Wuhan University as part of his China tour in November 2014, and it had its UK premiere with the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra in June 2015 to critical acclaim from the press and audience.