Friday, May 24, 2013

"Wow"-worthy in San Francisco

San Francisco Classical Voice praised Joyce Yang's solo and concerto performances in an all-French bill with the Marin Symphony this month, declaring,“[Joyce] set a high bar right off, with her assertive, rhythmically stretchy, and slyly comic reading of ‘Minstrels.’ Ranging from percussive crispness to lingering harmonies to expansive chordal passages, she made the piano aspire to something orchestral. Debussy's illustrative genius was on full display.“ In Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, "the gifted Yang, here making her Marin Symphony debut, can draw on an impressive technical arsenal. The precisely crystalline repeated notes in the opening Allegramente alone were “wow”-worthy."  She also played a "wow"-worthy performance of Grieg's famous Piano Concerto  in Des Moines, and she finishes the month of May in Birmingham with another favorite: Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Joyce Fiddles Around with "Bolero"

After Joyce Yang's April 13 performance of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Corpus Christi Symphony and the piano was wheeled offstage, she returned to the stage with a violin.  Joyce recounts, "The night before the concert I mentioned that I used to play the violin. Maestro John Giordano joked in passing, 'You should sit in for Ravel's Bolero in the second half!'

What started out as a joke became reality when I was handed a violin and my set of scores during intermission. I thought, 'It's now or never!' and proceeded to my chair in the back of the first violin section with a jacket over my gown. There I began my debut as a section player with the instruction, 'When in doubt, just pizz.' It was a thrilling experience, and most importantly, I played my last note with the rest of the orchestra! In the end, Beethoven was probably a lot happier with my performance than Ravel."   

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Madness Tour

From Milwaukee to Melbourne this month, critics have been raving about Joyce Yang.  Milwaukee Journel-Sentinel reveled in the "vivid colors" and "beautifully sculpted phrases” in her performance of Rachmaninoff's first piano concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony under Edo de Waart.   At the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, "from the moment she sat down to play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 she owned it," noted J-Wire, praising her "powerful technique" and "finest pianissimo."  Joyce also played recitals in Melbourne and Sydney. Arts Hub declared the latter "one of the best piano recitals of the last couple of years." 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Upcoming Events

Joyce Yang and the Charlotte Symphony, led by Grant Llewellyn, perform an exhilarating program of Liszt and Rachmaninoff tonight, January 12 and tomorrow, January 13. Next Tuesday, January 17, Joyce travels to Fort Worth, Texas to perform a solo recital, with a program that include works by Bach, Schubert, Debussy, Liebermann and Schumann. On January 20, Joyce returns to North Carolina for a duo recital with violinist Stefan Jackiw.

Watch a video of Joyce playing Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Op. 29, a work she will present in her Fort Worth recital: