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Hailed as a "magnificent" pianist who "offers compelling insight" (Fanfare Magazine), Chinese-American pianist Susan Yang maintains a versatile career as a performer, presenter, and pedagogue. Yang began studying piano at the age of four and has garnered numerous prizes and grants 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 earned top prizes at competitions such as the International Keyboard Odyssiad, Naftzger Young Artist, and New York Festival and Competition, among others. Equally in demand as a chamber musician, she has performed with multiple groups, one of which won the 3rd prize at the 2013 Music Teachers National Association 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. As a pedagogue, she presents regularly in various settings, such as the local, regional, and national MTNA conferences as well as the Piano Pedagogy Symposiums. Yang is a two-time recipient of the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program Award for her excellence in teaching and student achievements.
An advocate for addressing social issues through music, Yang is committed to community engagement and outreach. She has initiated many projects and performances, such as curating a recital program that celebrates women’s suffrage, organizing and performing benefit concerts, and teaching free lessons to low-income students. One of her current undertakings, A Seat at the Piano (ASAP), is a collaborative project that compiles a database for promoting piano repertoire written by composers from underrepresented communities.
Yang completed her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with full support from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. She obtained the M.M. in Piano Performance as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholar at 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.