Canadian pianist Tony Yike Yang Yang started playing at the age of 5 and is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Economics and Piano Performance through the Harvard University-New England Conservatory of Music Joint-Degree Program in Boston, USA. He is also a fellow at the Oberlin-Lake Como International Piano Academy, as well as at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. He studies with teachers Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist and Alexander Korsantia.
Yang won the Fifth Prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2015 at the age of 16, becoming 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, the Bosendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition, and the Canadian National Chopin Competition, among many more.
Yang performs extensively in Canada and the United States, but makes a number of appearances in Europe and Asia every year as well. Highlights include appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Métropolitain, as well as performances for Her Royal Highness Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Polish President Andrzej Duda.
In 2018, Yang was appointed Youth Cultural Ambassador to the city of Guangzhou, as well as an artistic tutor for Sun-Yat-Sen University. Two years later, Yang also accepted a role as Music Consultant to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.
Yang’s debut album was released in August 2016 on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s Blue Series.