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Yang gained international renown during the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in which she was awarded the silver medal. Just 19 years old, Yang was the competition's youngest participant at the time. During the same competition, Joyce was also awarded both the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music, as well as the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work.
Yang began playing piano at age four as her aunt's first piano student. At age nine, Yang went to New York with her mother and aunt to play for Yoheved Kaplinsky. At age ten she entered the Korean National Conservatory studying under Choong Mo Kang, while she also swept many awards from numerous competitions in South Korea. In 1997 Joyce moved to New York and began studying in Juilliard's pre-college division with Kaplinsky. While in New York, she attended Ward Melville High School.
Yang graduated from Juilliard with special honor, as the recipient of the 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize.
2017 Grammy Award nomination
On November 28, 2017 Yang and Italian violinist Augustin Hadelich's 2016 album Works for Violin and Piano by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann was nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in the Classical Music category. It was Yang's first Grammy Award nomination.
|Dallas Symphony Orchestra||6 June 2009||Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Number 2|
|11 October 2005||Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist
|solo recording||Joyce Yang||Harmonia Mundi|||
|11 October 2011||Collage||solo recording||Joyce Yang||Avie Records|||
|11 February 2014||Tchaikovsky: Tempest, Piano Concerto No. 1||orchestral||Joyce Yang
Alexander Lazarev, conductor
Odense Symphony Orchestra
|Bridge Records||debut concerto recording|||
|11 March 2014||Wild Dreams||solo recording||Joyce Yang||Avie Records|||
|11 March 2014||Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets||chamber music||Joyce Yang
Alexander String Quartet
|13 September 2016||Michael Torke: Three Manhattan Bridges||orchestral||Joyce Yang, piano
Julie Albers, cello
David Alan Miller, conductor
Albany Symphony Orchestra
|11 November 2016||Works for Violin and Piano by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann||chamber music||Augustin Hadelich, violin
Joyce Yang, piano
|Avie Records||nominated for 2018 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance|||
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- Joyce Yang, Pianist Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Van Cliburn Foundation - Twelfth International Piano Competition - 2005
- Pianist Joyce Yang Wins Julilliard's 30th Annual William Petschek Recital Award (2011)
- "GRAMMYs - Joyce Yang | Artist". Recording Academy. Recording Academy. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Press Releases: DSO sets Casual Classics schedule (4 April 2009)
- "Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist". Harmonia Mundi. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Collage". Avie Records. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Tchaikovsky: Tempest, Piano Concerto No. 1". Bridge Records. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Wild Dreams". Avie Records. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets". Foghorn Classics. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Michael Torke: Three Manhattan Bridges". Albany Records. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Works for Violin and Piano by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann". Avie Records. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
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