Pianist Pauline Yang began her piano studies at the age of five and won her first international competition at the age of seven in Washington, D.C. In March of 1998, at the age of eleven, Ms. Yang made both her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as well as her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
In the same year, Ms. Yang entered The Juilliard School, where she won both the Pre-College’s concerto and scholarship competitions in her first year. She has since studied with Lee Kum-Sing in Vancouver, Susan Starr in Philadelphia, and John Perry in Los Angeles. She has also studied and performed at a number of international music festivals, including the Warsaw Piano Workshop in Poland, International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, Klaviersommerfest in Germany, Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, the Orford International Academy in Canada, and several others. Ms. Yang is on the faculty of Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program.
Her solo and chamber music appearances have taken her throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights have included an invitation by the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation to represent the U.S. at the 22nd European Piano Teachers Association International Conference at the Franz Liszt Music Academy’s Grand Concert Hall in Budapest, the selection of her trio to perform in a series of master classes with Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank and Yo-Yo Ma at the Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall on the Chamber Music of Brahms, and cello-piano duo performances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and at the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles.
She has served as an Ambassador of Music for “Music in ME,” a non-profit organization that works with the United Nations to bring music to children in the Middle East and continues to serve as a Volunteer Artist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Massachusetts General Hospital. Other appointments have included positions on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and the National Women’s Political Caucus’ Los Angeles Board of Directors.
During her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC), she was a double-major in piano performance and political science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and as the recipient of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Outstanding Graduate Award, the Theodore Presser Foundation’s Presser Scholar Award, and as a Renaissance Scholar from USC College. She received her masters in piano performance from USC and is currently pursuing a masters in international law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where she is focusing on the study of cultural diplomacy.
Ms. Yang was one of Glamour Magazine’s 2008 Top Ten College Women of the Year.