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Chinese-American pianist, Susan Yang, maintains a versatile career as a performer and educator. Yang began studying piano at the age of four and has garnered numerous prizes and scholarships throughout her career. Currently under management by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Yang captured First Prize in the 2019 biennial NFMC Young Artist Competition. She has also been a prizewinner at the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, New York Festival and Competition, Ann Arbor Camerata Competition, Delta Symphony Young Artist Competition, and Naftzger Young Artist Competition. Equally in demand as a chamber musician, she has performed with multiple groups, one of which won the 3rd prize at the 2013 MTNA National Chamber Competition. Recent season highlights include solo appearances with the Nashville Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and the Delta Symphony, as well as the release of her debut album, DOORWAYS: Half-Remembered Music, on Blue Griffin Records.


Yang joined the piano faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in 2018. Previously, she has held positions at the Schoolcraft College, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and Cincinnati School of Music. She has presented on various teaching topics at conferences and institutions such as the MTNA National Conferences, Piano Pedagogy Symposiums, Southwest Ohio Music Teachers Conference, and Capital University. Yang is a two-time recipient of the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program Award for her excellence in teaching and student achievements. 


Committed to community outreach, Yang has provided free lessons to low-income students, organized various benefit concerts, and frequently performs in local venues, such as hospitals, libraries, and retirement homes. Her latest project was distributing donated upright pianos throughout the city of Ann Arbor to promote musical activities in the community. 


Yang completed her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with full support from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. As a Jack Kent Cooke Artist with full scholarship, she obtained her M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also holds a B.M. cum laude in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University, with a minor in East Asian Studies. Her primary teachers include Logan Skelton, Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Amy Dorfman.