This update comes from Jeff Jamner, director of School Programs, The Kentucky Center, and programming coordinator for the Gheens Great Expectations concert series:
"This week, The Kentucky Center presented renowned concert pianist Joyce Yang in a young artist community residency. Ms. Yang began performing professionally at age 14. At age 19, she was the youngest silver medalist in the history of the Van Cliburn Competition. "
This video provides a sample of Ms. Yang's amazing musicianship -
"Although she has performed with some of the world’s great orchestras and chamber musicians, The Kentucky Center provided Ms. Yang with her first community residency opportunity. Joyce is a natural communicator and loves meeting people and talking about her art.
"At Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School, Ms. Yang talked about how she is compelled to solve the mysteries of a piece of music – what it means, what it means to her, and how many possibilities it offers for the audience. She told students she can become obsessive in her preparation – even color coding notes because her mind is so visually oriented.
"What came across so strongly to the young music students at YPAS was that to her, music MATTERS deeply! When she goes into the practice room, she MUST find the answers to the questions that the printed music lays before her. And when she goes on the stage, she leaves room to take new risks that she never tried before in the practice room.
"I believe that these high school music students will return to their lessons, classes, and rehearsals with new inspiration after encountering this young artist’s passion and message, as well as her world-class piano playing.
Photos from the residency activities can be viewed here.
"Ms. Yang also spoke with a community group at the Crane House, sharing her experience as a Korean-American artist studying and living in America. While there was no piano available during our visit, Joyce spoke candidly about her most exciting moments in performance, with her audience literally at the edge of their seats, hanging on her every word.
"At Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts Magnet School, around 60 fourth and fifth grade students were treated to meeting this young artist, hearing her play, sharing their responses to her music, and asking her questions about her life and career.
"I believe that the mission of Gheens Great Expectations program, bringing the highest caliber young artists into our community to inspire and build audiences, was exemplified by this young performer, who provided a window into her genius, and made it accessible to all.
"We are also thrilled that through strong partnerships with the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Youth Orchestra, and Kentucky Music Educators Association, we were able to present her in the free Rising Stars concert on Wednesday, February 3, in Whitney Hall."
Joyce Yang will also perform in two ticketed concerts with The Louisville Orchestra on February 18. Click here for ticketing and program information.