As a child, Yang and her mother immigrated to Houston to join her father, Hua Yang, who earned his doctorate in composition at the Moores School of Music at UH. And Yang basically grew up in the halls of that institution.
In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen she played piano when she was younger but stopped. It wasn’t until she sat in on a performance at UH that so moved her that she asked her father to begin studying piano again.
Today, Yang works at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as the Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives.
In their conversation, Yang talks about how Houston shaped her growth as a musician, about Timothy Hester, the UH music professor who took time out of his busy schedule to teach her for years for free, and about the role her dad played in her interest and access to classical music and the piano.
Yang performs on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dudley Recital Hall on the UH campus. She’ll perform a program of music by Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and a piece composed by her father.
The following day, Yang will conduct a master class with piano students.