"Plays classical violin with the charisma of a rockstar"

- THE BOSTON GLOBE

AWARDED THE

2018
LEONARD BERNSTEIN  AWARD 

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BIOGRAPHY

Recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award and described by the Boston Globe as one who "plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star", Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in concert in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own "Charles Yang Day".  In 2016 Mr. Yang joined the crossover string-band, Time for Three.

Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang's improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists in such festivals as The Aspen Music Festival, The Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Cayman Arts Festival, The YouTube Music Awards, The Moab Music Festival, TED, Caramoor, The EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist, Interlochen, and onstage at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, David H. Koch Theater, Dizzy’s and David Rubinstein Atrium; The Long Center, Rudolfinum, The Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing among many others. He has performed in the presence of two former US Presidents, the Queen of Denmark and has shared the stage in collaborations with artists including Peter Dugan, CDZA, Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young, Jake Shimabukuro, Ray Benson, Michael Gordon, Marcelo Gomes, Savion Glover, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland, and Jon Batiste. Mr. Yang recently made his solo debut with Marin Alsop and The Chicago Symphony at The Ravinia Festival. His career has been followed by various news media including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, The Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle and The Strad. Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo's book, Driven as well as Discovery Channel's Curiosity.

Regarding Mr. Yang, The Texas Observer has noted, “Mr. Yang is a true crossover artist, a pioneer who can hop between classical and popular music and bring fresh ideas to fans of both genres. Rather than maintaining an insular focus and simply assuming

that an audience for classical music will always exist, he wants to actively create that audience, to persuade and seduce others into enjoying a type of music as passionately as he does.”

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"...as adept at improvising blues on his fiddle as carving out note-perfect classical."

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CONCERTS

6/21

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TIME FOR THREE

Tuesday June 21 2022 7:00 PM

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6/30

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

CHARLES YANG X ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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Moto Spirits

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7/3

MT. GRETNA PLAYHOUSE

TIME FOR THREE

Sunday July 3 2022 7:00 PM

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

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7/8

SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY

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Sands Point Preserve Conservancy 

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ARTOWN

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Brasserie Saint James
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Reno, NV 89501

7/14

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

TIME FOR THREE

with Paolo Bortolameolli and the

San Francisco Symphony.

West Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts' "Contact"

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Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue;

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7/15

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

TIME FOR THREE

with Paolo Bortolameolli and the

San Francisco Symphony.

West Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts' "Contact"

Friday July 15 2022 7:30 PM

Frost Amphitheater

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SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN MUSIK FESTIVAL

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East Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts' "Contact"

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8/4

ORCAS ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

with the SEMPRE SISTERS

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Lopez Center – 204 Village Rd 

Lopez Island WA 98261

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ORCAS ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

with the SEMPRE SISTERS

Friday August 5 2022 5:30 PM

203 N Beach Rd

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8/10

LAKE GEORGE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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with Roger Kalia and the Lake George Music Festival Orchestra

 

Wednesday August 10 2022 7:30 PM

Shepard Park Amphitheater

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8/13

SUN VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 

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with Alasdair Neale and the Sun Valley Festival Orchestra.

Kevin Puts' "Contact"

 

Saturday August 13 2022 6:30 PM

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8/19

PORTLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

 

Friday August 19 2022 8:00 PM

One Longfellow Square

181 State St

Portland, ME 04101

9/11

MOAB MUSIC FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

 

Sunday September 11 2022 7:00 PM

Sorrel River Ranch

Mile 17, UT-128

Moab, UT 84532

 

MEDIA

 

"...crystalline yet muscular playing."

THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"...excellent soloist"

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

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