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Steinway Artist and Cliburn Finalist Joyce Yang Joins Pacific Symphony at Soka

Steinway Artist and Cliburn Finalist Joyce Yang Joins Pacific Symphony at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Pacific Symphony will be accompanied on and all-Beethoven program by pianist Joyce Yang along with the Faktura Piano Trio at Soka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 3 p.m. Single tickets are $50 for adults; and $40 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $39 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

During this 70-minute, informal Sundays at Soka concert, conductor Carl St.Clair will discuss the works being presented for a friendly environment of listening and learning. Pianist Yang, who captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity, will solo on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor.” The Faktura trio, formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2015 by pianist HyeJin Kim, violinist Fabiola Kim and cellist, Ben Solomonow, will perform on Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she also took home the awards for Best Performance of Chamber Music and of a New Work. “Her attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance and velocity” (Washington Post). In 2010, Yang received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1986, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. In 1997, she moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just 12 years old. Yang appears in the film “In the Heart of Music,” a documentary about the 2005 Cliburn Competition. A Steinway artist, she lives in New York City.

Since their initial collaboration, the musicians of Faktura Piano Trio have formed a strong musical bond based in a common dedication to perform works ranging from the standard repertoire to contemporary works both for their solo instruments and as a piano trio. All members of the trio are currently attending the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and studying privately with Fabio Bidini (piano), Robert Lipsett (violin) and Clive Greensmith (cello), respectively. The name of the trio comes from the Russian avant-garde concept and word faktura. Originating from the Latin word facere (to make); referring to the process of forming material into a work of art.

Led by St.Clair for the past 27 years, the Pacific Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years. It is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own community of Orange County. In both 2005 and 2010, the Symphony received the prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Also in 2010, a study by the League of American Orchestras, “Fearless Journeys,” included the Symphony as one of the country’s five most innovative orchestras.