Chamber Music International presents Piano Sonata

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Joyce Yang
Cliburn Pianist, Joyce Yang Photo courtesy of The Cliburn

Chamber Music International will present the U.S. premiere of Elizabeth Younan’s Piano Sonata (2018) in recital by Cliburn medalist, Joyce Yang.

Elizabeth Younan has garnered numerous accolades for her music, including the Jean Bogan Youth Prize for Piano Composition, the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize, and the 102.5 Young Composer Award. Her woodwind quintet, Shoreditch Grind, received its international premiere in the inaugural BBC Proms Australia Chamber Music concert series, performed by Musica Viva’s FutureMakers Arcadia Winds, who also performed it in Musica Viva’s Melbourne Coffee Concert series and 2017 Festival.

Since capturing the silver medal at Fort Worth’s 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Joyce Yang has built an international career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral collaborator.  Her interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire are recognized for their unique artistic vision and mastery of the instrument. The September 8 concert at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson marks the kick-off of the US portion of her world recital tour of Ms. Younan’s sonata.

The program also includes the rarely performed Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 “From the Street,” composed to commemorate the death of an ordinary labourer. Janacek impulsively attempted to destroy the work and in 1924 recovered a copy from the pianist who originally premiered it.  Three preludes by Rachmaninoff, Liszt’s “Spanish Rhapsody”, and Liszt’s demanding Piano Sonata in B Minor complete this recital of truly international scope.

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St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church
1220 W. Belt Line Rd.
Richardson , TX 75080


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