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Young Artists Series: Pauline Yang

Join us for the first installment in the continuation of our Young Artists Series in our 2014-2015 season with pianist Pauline Yang who will perform works by Mendelssohn, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and others.


Pianist Pauline Yang began her piano studies at the age of five and won her first international competition at the age of seven in Washington, DC. In March of 1998, at the age of eleven, Ms. Yang made both her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as well as her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

In the same year, Ms. Yang entered The Juilliard School, where she won both the Pre-College’s concerto and scholarship competitions in her first year. She has since studied with Lee Kum-Sing in Vancouver, Susan Starr in Philadelphia, and John Perry in Los Angeles. She has also studied and performed at a number of international music festivals, including the Warsaw Piano Workshop in Poland, International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, Klaviersommerfest in Germany, Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, the Orford International Academy in Canada, and several others. Ms. Yang is on the faculty of Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, New York.

Her solo and chamber music appearances have taken her throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights have included an invitation by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation to represent the U.S. at the 22nd European Piano Teachers Association International Conference at the Franz Liszt Music Academy’s Grand Concert Hall in Budapest, performances with Lynn Harrell and Itzhak Perlman, the selection of her trio to perform in a series of master classes with Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank and Yo-Yo Ma at the Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall on the Chamber Music of Brahms, and appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.

She has served as an Ambassador of Music for “Music in ME,” a non-profit organization that works with the United Nations to bring music to children in the Middle East and continues to serve as a Volunteer Artist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Music for Food. Other appointments have included positions on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and the National Women’s Political Caucus’ Los Angeles Board of Directors.

During her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC), she was a double-major in piano performance and political science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and as a Renaissance Scholar. She received her masters in piano performance from USC and is currently pursuing a masters in international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where she is focusing on transatlantic cultural diplomacy. She has interned for Hillary Clinton in New York, for U.S. Representative Rush Holt on Capitol Hill, and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Government Information Office in Taiwan where she researched Taiwan’s cultural diplomacy efforts. Her work with Olympic athletes, along with her obsession with ballet, have also contributed to her passion for cultural diplomacy.

Ms. Yang was one of Glamour Magazine’s 2008 Top Ten College Women of the Year.


Photo by Ted Covey