Discover the enchanting world of classical piano with Dr. Yi-Yang Chen, a distinguished solo pianist based in Lawrence, KS. Trained at the Juilliard School and a faculty member at KU since 2021, Chen combines exceptional artistry with a wealth of experience. Critics have praised Chen’s prowess, with the New York Concert Review noting his “sparkling passagework” and “powerhouse performance” during his 2017 solo recital at Carnegie Weill Hall. Chen’s performances have left audiences worldwide spellbound.
With a flair for flamboyant playing, he has graced renowned venues across five continents, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Melbourne Recital Centre, and more. His diverse programs range from classical masterpieces to innovative multimedia performances and new music, often featuring compositions by Pulitzer Prize finalist composers specifically crafted for Chen’s extraordinary talents.
At the core of my artistic journey is a commitment to breaking free from tradition. While the piano is my instrument of choice, my work goes beyond the concert hall. I create diverse programs that explore global cultures, or I craft multimedia showcases fusing Western classical music’s elegance with nature’s beauty, emotive videos, and documentary storytelling. Programs may be created or customized for presenters. May hire as a soloist for concerto performances, solo recitals, or educational residencies, presentations, and masterclasses are available. Additionally, I am open to collaborations with classical musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) and ensembles of all sizes.
*Per Performance (one concerto or a 55-65 minute recital):
For all events, it is essential to have access to a well-maintained grand piano, regardless of its size. No upright or electronic pianos unless used for presentations or lectures. Contact the artist for clarifications.
A diverse range of community engagement offerings to the table. From delivering insightful pre-concert talks on classical music and the upcoming performance to conducting outreach concerts in retirement centers, hospitals, government venues, and local organizations, I’m dedicated to making classical music accessible to all. These programs are designed to cater to a broad audience, including family-friendly children’s concerts. Furthermore, I am committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that arts and art education are inclusive and accessible.
I’m passionate about introducing classical music to newcomers and am open to tailoring activities to suit the unique needs and preferences of each presenter. Whether it’s workshops, educational talks, or interactive sessions, I am here to foster a deeper appreciation for the arts within our communities.