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A performance by the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jiménez, with piano soloist Shiyu Yang, the 2016 Senior Concerto Competition winner, and the premiere of a work by Oberlin student composer, William Bolles-Beaven.
William Bolles-Beaven: A Web of Silver (world premiere)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
Shiyu Yang, piano
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 ("Italian")
Andante con moto
Con moto moderato
Pianist Shiyu Kenny Yang, a native of Shanghai, China, is currently a student of Alvin Chow and Angela Cheng at Oberlin Conservatory. His earliest musical training was through the Primary and Middle Schools affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he received merit scholarships for four years. In Shanghai, Yang studied with professors Jian Zhong Wang and Yun Lin Yang and participated in master classes with renowned pianists Christopher Elton, Fou Ts’ong, Jane Coop, and Daniel Shapiro. He also placed first in numerous regional piano competitions in China including the Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition, the Asia-Pacific International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, and the Parsons Music Foundation Asian Youth Music Competition.
Yang has given recital performances in Daegu and Seoul, South Korea as well as in Pu Dong and prominent venues in Shanghai, China including the Municipal Music Hall and Oriental Art Center. He also performed as soloist in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. At Oberlin, Yang was awarded the 2015 Rudolf Serkin Prize.
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