|Native name||Chinese: 嚴倩君|
October 8, 1986 |
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music|
|Occupation||Classical Pianist, Journalist|
Early Career in Music
Yan is prizewinner of the International Concert Alliance Competition and a laureate of the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. In addition, she is a two-time winner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition of Eastern New Jersey, and prize-winning alumnus of the 2004 New York Piano Competition. Her awards include four-time First Prize winner of the Steinway Society Competition, First Place in the Battleground Symphony Concerto Competition, Grand Prize in the Bookstaber Memorial Piano Competition, First Place in the NJMTA Scholarship Competition  and Grand Prize in the Goldblatt Scholarship Competition.
As Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times describes, when Yan plays “the music literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting will not do.”
Yan has performed widely in the United States, Europe and Asia, appearing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, CAMI Hall, Kennedy Center, St. Mark's, the Eastern Music Festival, Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Solo orchestral engagements include collaborations with the Battleground Symphony, Rowan Chamber and East Brunswick Chamber Orchestras. She has also performed on the Composer's Voice Concert Series in New York City as well as participating in the Vox Novus series Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame project.
In July 2010, Yan started her journalism career and reported for Bloomberg News, based in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C.  In 2013, Yan joined CNN. In 2014, as an Asia Business Reporter for CNNMoney, Yan covered the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. 
Yan is fluent multiple languages. Yan is fluent in Mandarin, speaks basic Taiwanese, Cantonese and Spanish, some Japanese. 
- "Sophia Yan '09: Student, pianist, and arts editor". Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- "Sophia Yan". Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- Steinway Society Scholarship Winners 2004
- Manalapan symphony to play spring concert BY DAVE BENJAMIN Staff Writer
- Joseph Israel Bookstaber Piano Competition
- njmta summer 2004
- JERSEY; When Bad People (Translation: Teenagers) Do Good Things - New York Times
- Bulletin Board Youngsters perform at Alice Tully Hall
- "Articles written by Sophia Yan at Bloomberg.com". Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- "Sophia Yan at CNBC.com". Retrieved May 6, 2017.