21-year-old Chinese-Canadian pianist TONY YIKE YANG is emerging as one of the foremost pianists of the younger generation. As a frequent prizewinner, Yang garnered 5th Prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition at age 16, the youngest-ever laureate of the competition.
More recently, Yang was awarded the Jury Discretionary Award at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he was the youngest competitor. In previous years, Yang has won top prizes at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition (Oberlin, 2014), the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition (Phoenix, 2013), the Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition (Hilton Head, 2013), the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, 2012), and the Canadian National Chopin Competition (Toronto, 2014).
Yang performs extensively in North America (Canada & the US), but makes numerous appearances in Europe and Asia every year as well. Among them, highlights include appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Métropolitain, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Hunan Symphony, as well as performances for Her Royal Highness Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Polish President Andrzej Duda.
As of 2018, Yang was appointed a youth cultural ambassador of the city of Guangzhou, as well as an artistic tutor of Sun-Yat-Sen University. Upon the acceptance of these roles, Yang is often in China committed to advancing and encouraging music education for the youth and pre-professional.
Yang’s debut album, Tony Yike Yang – Chopin: Sonata B-Moll / Ballada F-Moll / Mazurki, was released in August 2016 on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s Blue Series. The tracks are from Yang's live performance in the second and third stages of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in October 2015. The album includes an editorial review by the Chopin Institute noting how Yang's extraordinary account of the Barcarolle in F sharp minor, Op. 60 captivated audiences in Poland and across the world.
Yang has been featured on many television programs, including the "Inspiration Generation" series on Global TV, where he was selected as one of six outstanding Canadian young people. In 2016, Yang was named CBC Music’s Classical Young Artist.
Yang is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Economics and Piano Performance through the Harvard University-New England Conservatory of Music Joint-Degree Program. Additionally, he is also studying in a post-graduate at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy with Prof. Eliso Virsaladze, and on top of that, he is concurrently a fellow of the International Lake Como Piano Academy at Oberlin Conservatory.
In the past, he was a full-scholarship student at the Juilliard Pre-College School, as well as at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music.