Pianist Joyce Yang had only finished her freshman year at Juilliard when she snared the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Competition, becoming the youngest prizewinner in the competition's history. Between classes, she toured the world, performing on multiple occasions with the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago, San Francisco and Houston symphonies, among many others. In 2010 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Now, Juilliard has given its celebrated alum the William Petschek Piano Recital Award: a recital at Alice Tully Hall. Previous Petschek recipients have included Jeremy Denk, Jon Kimura Parker and Orion Weiss.
Yang will perform works by Scarlatti, Debussy, Chopin-Liszt and Schumann, along with related contemporary pieces: Sebastian Currier's Scarlatti Cadences and Brainstorm and Lowell Liebermann's Gargoyles. The program is designed "to have each piece illuminate the one that follows," says Yang.
The 25-year-old Korean American heads into the studio at the end of May to record a solo album. Global audiences were able to enjoy her recent performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Sydney Symphony under Edo De Waart. The April 11 concert was streamed live via a new Android and iPhone mobile app, and touted as the debut of the world's first series of orchestral concerts to be streamed live through mobile applications, according to the Sydney Symphony and Telstra BigPond.