charles yang, Violin


Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star”, Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow.  He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.  On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day”.  Mr. Yang has been a frequent guest on the Emmy Award winning PBS show From the Top, and has also been heard on National Public Radio in Washington, DC and Boston.

Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang’s improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, vocalist, and guitarist have led him to performances with a variety of artists in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Long Center, Highline Ballroom, David Rubinstein atrium, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing among others.  Recent engagements include a concert at the United Nations, a performance with Guitarhero and Rockband creator, Eran Egozy at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, duet with renowned dancer marcelo gomes at the joyce theater and as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Lukes in New York City.  He has recently returned from a series of concerts and master classes in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

His career has been followed by various news media including The New York Times, The New York Post, Playbill, The Boston Globe, Fortissimo, the Austin-American Statesman, Shenzhen Daily, The Strad, Dallas Daily, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Juilliard Journal.  Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo’s new book, Driven as well as Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.  Mr. Yang endorses NS design electric violins.!