Sophia Yan

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Sophia Yan
Native name Chinese: 嚴倩君
Born (1986-10-08) October 8, 1986 (age 30)
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music
Occupation Classical Pianist, Journalist

Sophia Yan (嚴倩君, pinyin: Yán Qiànjūn, b. October 8, 1986) was an American classical pianist and is a journalist as a Beijing Correspondent with CNBC.

Early life[edit]

Born of Chinese descent in the borough of Queens in New York City.


Yan majored in English and Piano Performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and she is a graduate of class of 2009. [1] [2]


Early Career in Music[edit]

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,[3] First Place in the Battleground Symphony Concerto Competition,[4] Grand Prize in the Bookstaber Memorial Piano Competition,[5] First Place in the NJMTA Scholarship Competition [6] 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.”[7]

Yan has performed widely in the United States, Europe and Asia, appearing at Lincoln Center,[8] 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,[4] Rowan Chamber and East Brunswick Chamber Orchestras. She has also performed on the Composer's Voice Concert Series[9] in New York City as well as participating in the Vox Novus series Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame project.[10][11]


In July 2010, Yan started her journalism career and reported for Bloomberg News, based in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. [2][12] In 2013, Yan joined CNN. In 2014, as an Asia Business Reporter for CNNMoney, Yan covered the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. [2]

Yan is a Beijing Correspondent with CNBC. Yan covers topics from technology to economy for China and Asia. [2][13]


Yan is fluent multiple languages. Yan is fluent in Mandarin, speaks basic Taiwanese, Cantonese and Spanish, some Japanese. [2]


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