Tuesday 5 January 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Yuanfan Yang (piano)
Programme to follow
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Born in Edinburgh, Yuanfan began learning the piano when he was 6, passed Grade 8 with Distinction at the age of 8 and achieved a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) when he was 10. Yuanfan recently received his bachelor's degree in Music from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours, and is now pursuing his master's degree at the Royal College of Music.
Yuanfan has won numerous piano competitions, including 1st Prize of the Prix Animato Tarnow Competition 2018, and 1st Prize and the Marcella Crudeli Diploma Prize for Youngest Finalist in the Roma International Piano Competition 2018, Italy. Prior to this, he had won 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 1st Prizes in the UK Liszt Society International Piano Prize 2015, the Royal Academy of Music's Lilian Davies Prize 2018 and Sterndale Bennett Prize 2015, and the 9th Grand Prix Interlaken Classics International Piano Competition 2016. He was the Keyboard Category Winner and a Grand Finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2012 and won both category and overall prizes at the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) UK Piano Competition 2010. As the youngest participant and top eight semi-finalist in the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2016, Yuanfan's performances earned him the Special AAF (Alink Argerich Foundation) Prize. He is kindly supported by Help Musicians UK, Munster Trust Derek Butler Award, and Talent Unlimited. Recently, Yuanfan was named as one of the winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, as well as the Special Prize for Best British Contestant after his critically acclaimed performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yuanfan is also a versatile composer and an accomplished improviser. Yuanfan's Piano Concerto No. 1 ‘The Wilderness', scored for solo piano and full symphony orchestra and written at the age of seventeen, was premiered in Qianjiang, China and was subsequently performed in Manchester, London, Paris and Wuhan. In 2017 this concerto was chosen for substantial funding by the China National Arts Fund and subsequently funded eight public performances with the China National Orchestra of Theatre & Dance throughout several cities in China between 2017-2019. In September 2019, Yuanfan's Piano Concerto No. 2 ‘The Peony Pavilion' was premiered at the Greenwood Theatre in London with the Hornton Symphony Orchestra, with himself as the soloist.
Yuanfan's debut album Watercolour featuring an eclectic range of solo piano music alongside three of his own compositions was released in September 2017 on Orchid Classics to critical acclaim, including 4* from International Piano Magazine. Yuanfan is one of 20 artists selected for Making Music's Selected Artist Guide 2020-2021.
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