"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

4/22

NAPLES
PHILHARMONIC

Kris Bowers Violin Concerto

With Carlos Izcaray and the Naples Philharmonic

Friday April 22 2022 8:00 PM

Artis-Naples

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd,

Naples, FL 34108

4/23

NAPLES
PHILHARMONIC

Kris Bowers Violin Concerto

With Carlos Izcaray and the Naples Philharmonic

Saturday April 23 2022 8:00 PM

Artis-Naples

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd,

Naples, FL 34108

4/29

MERKIN HALL

KIDS PLAY THE DARNDEST THINGS:

Charles Yang and Peter Dugan

Featuring students from the Kaufman Music Center

Friday April 29 2022 7:30 PM

Merkin Hall

129 W 67th St,

New York, NY 10023

5/2

GENIUS GALA

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

GENIUS GALA

With a performance by

Charles Yang & Peter Dugan

Monday May 2 2022 7:00 PM

Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd

Jersey City, NJ 07305

5/15

COLUMBIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

TIME FOR THREE

with the HSGTO of the Howard County Youth Orchestras

Sunday May 15 2022 3:00 PM

Rouse Theatre

5460 Trumpeter Rd

 Columbia, MD 21044

5/21

RIDGEFIELD SYMPHONY

TIME FOR THREE

Saturday May 21 2022 7:30 PM

The Ridgefield Playhouse

80 E Ridge Rd 

Ridgefield, CT 06877

6/21

THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

Tuesday June 21 2022 7:00 PM

Morven Museum and Garden

55 Stockton St

Princeton, NJ 08540

7/3

MT. GRETNA PLAYHOUSE

TIME FOR THREE

Sunday July 3 2022 7:00 PM

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064

7/8

SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY

TIME FOR THREE

Friday July 8 2022 7:00 PM

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy 

127 Middle Neck Road

Sands Point, New York 11050

7/10

ARTOWN

TIME FOR THREE

Sunday July 10 2022 7:30 PM

Brasserie Saint James
901 South Center St.
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"

Thursday July 14 2022 7:30 PM

Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue;

San Francisco, CA

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

351 Lasuen St

Stanford, CA 94305

7/22

SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN MUSIK FESTIVAL

TIME FOR THREE

Friday July 22 2022 7:30 PM

ROBBE & BERKING

Am Industriehafen 5
24937 Flensburg

7/28

THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

TIME FOR THREE

with Erina Yashima and the

Philadelphia Orchestra.

East Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts' "Contact"

Thursday July 28 2022 7:30 PM

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

108 Avenue of the Pines

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

 

MEDIA

 

"...crystalline yet muscular playing."

THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"...excellent soloist"

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

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