David Yang, viola
David Yang, viola
Violist David Yang
Admired for his intensity, honesty of musical expression, and passionate communication, violist David Yang has been heard throughout North America and Europe in collaboration with members of the Avalon, Borromeo, Brentano, Miro, Tokyo and Vermeer String Quartets and Eroica Trio, Trio Cavatina, and Eliot Fisk, Andriusz Zlabys, and Wendy Warner, amongst others. He is also the recent recipient of an artist fellowship from the Independence Foundation in Philadelphia, PA awarded to a small number of “exceptional artists” in the region. Concert highlights include recitals in Italy, the UK and throughout the USA and Canada. As an active advocate of new music he has commissioning dozens of new works by composers including Robert Capanna, Andrea Clearfield, Daniel Dorff, Jeremy Gill, Gerald Levinson, David Ludwig, Robert Maggio, Jay Reise, Dmitri Tymoczko, Anna Weesner, and Andrew Waggoner.
He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival near Boston, MA and also Music Director of Poor Richard’s Chamber Music Society at historic ChristChurch in Philadelphia. In his role as leader of the Philadelphia-based storytelling music troupe Auricolae, he has developed a residency program to foster the creation of new compositions by public school students in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Auricolae recordings are available on the New Focus label. Born and raised in New York City he studied with Martha Strongin Katz and Heidi Castleman and also has a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and worked in the atelier of legendary Italian architect Aldo Rossi and eminent American architect Hugh Hardy in New York City. Director of Chamber Music at the University of Pennsylvania, he now lives in South Philadelphia with his two daughters, Eliana Razzino and Alessandra Pierson Yang. David’s father is the eminent landscape photographer John Yang and his mother, Linda Gureasko Yang, was a reporter for the New York Times.
He plays on a viola made by the viola da gamba maker Johannes Tielka in 1670 and previously owned by Brahms’ friend Joseph Joachim.