"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."

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

CONCERTS

8/10

LAKE GEORGE MUSIC FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

with Roger Kalia and the Lake George Music Festival Orchestra

 

Wednesday August 10 2022 7:30 PM

Shepard Park Amphitheater

Centennial Fountain, Canada St

Lake George, NY 12845

8/13

SUN VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 

TIME FOR THREE

with Alasdair Neale and the Sun Valley Festival Orchestra.

Kevin Puts' "Contact"

 

Saturday August 13 2022 6:30 PM

Sun Valley Pavilion

300 Dollar Rd

Sun Valley, ID 83353

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

9/24

ROCKFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

New Horizons

with Radu Paponiu and The Rockford Symphony Orchestra

 

Saturday September 24 2022 7:30 PM

Coronado Performing Arts Center

314 North Main Street

Rockford, IL 61101

9/28

NYFOS

Heroes

with Steve Blier, John Brancy and Kara and Peter Dugan

 

Saturday September 28 2022 8:00 PM

Merkin Hall

129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

10/6

MUSE/IQUE

Grand Avenue:

with Savion Glover and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra

 

Thursday October 6 2022 7:30 PM

The Huntington,

1151 Oxford Rd,

San Marino, CA 91108

10/9

MUSE/IQUE

Grand Avenue:

with Savion Glover and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra

 

Sunday October 9 2022 7:30 PM

The Skirball,

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd,

Los Angeles, CA 90049, 

10/15

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC

Time for Three

with Donato Cabrera and The Las Vegas Philharmonic

Saturday October 15 2022 7:30 PM

The Smith Center

361 Symphony Park Avenue,

Las Vegas, NV 89106

11/5

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY

Time for Three

Saturday November 5 2022 6:30 PM

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
7600 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037

11/11

SUMMIT SERIES:
PALM DESERT

Live Performance

Friday November 11 2022 6:30 PM

La Quinta Resort and Club

49-499 Eisenhower Drive

La Quinta, CA 92253

 

MEDIA

 

"...crystalline yet muscular playing."

THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"...excellent soloist"

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

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