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Yuanfan Yang, piano
Yuanfan Yang, piano

Sat, 21 Oct


Holy Trinity Church

Yuanfan Yang, piano

8pm, doors open 7.30pm

Time & Location

21 Oct 2023, 20:00

Holy Trinity Church, Church Rd, Claygate, Esher KT10 0JP


MOZART:  Piano Sonata in C, K330

LISZT:  Au bord d’une source

Y YANG:  Waves

FAURE:  Barcarolle No 1 in A minor, Op 26

DEBUSSY:  Reflets dans l’eau

LISZT:  Orage


RACHMANINOV:  Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42

CHOPIN: Selections from Preludes, Op 28

Y YANG:  Improvisations on themes and styles suggested by the audience

Yuanfan Yang, who performs our annual Patrons' Concert, is an exciting young concert pianist and composer who has been hailed as a prodigy. He is currently forging an international career on both fronts after winning numerous prizes from an early age. Unusually, he is also an accomplished improviser and will include this element at the end of this recital.

Born in Edinburgh, Yuanfan began learning the piano at the age of six and passed Grade 8 with distinction at eight. He was Keyboard Category Winner and a Grand Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2012 aged 15.

Since then Yuanfan has won many awards and performed in numerous venues both here and abroad. Over the past year, he has won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, 2nd Prize in the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, where he made his concerto debut with Marin Alsop, and 2nd Prize plus Special Prizes for Best Classical Sonata, Best Romantic Work and Best Work by Chopin in the First Ljubljana Festival International Piano Competition in Slovenia.

Yuanfan has also won awards for his compositions from a young age. Most recently, his Piano Concerto No 3 in Five Movements and solo piano piece "Petite Partita" won 1st Prize and Gold Medal at the Rachmaninoff International Music Competition – Composition Category. His award-winning composition "Waves" forms part of tonight's recital.

More information is available on his website.

This concert is sponsored by the Tillett Trust as part of its DEBUT programme, which aims to help young musicians of outstanding talent.

The concert is also supported by our Patrons.


Visit Yuanfan's YouTube channel.


“...exceptionally fine for a pianist of any age...brilliantly executed, beautifully organised, breathless in its excitement and deeply affecting in its sentiments". Stephen Wigler, International Piano Magazine

“Yuanfan’s compositions are vividly programmatic, relating to waves, the sinking sun and a haunted bell, and ranging in mood from splashy virtuosity to a soulful poignancy impressive in one so young.” Fiona Maddocks, Guardian

“Scintillating stuff from pianist Yuanfan Yang playing Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bartok and one of his own pieces before charming the pants off his audience with encore improvisations of their chosen tune”  David Harrison, Twitter, May 2023

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