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Prodigious Piano Talent Yuanfan Yang to appear in Glasgow as part of the Rising Stars Series

Glasgow-Scotland-UK July 24th 2019




On Friday 15th November 2019 Newlands Global Events proudly welcomes one of the worlds most talented up and coming pianists Yuanfan Yang to Glasgow to perform a special intimate concert at the Fotheringay Centre in the leafy suburb of Pollokshields in the South of the City as part of The Rising Stars of Classical Music 2019/20 Concert series.

This unique concert will showcase music from 22 year old Yuanfan Yang’s extremely successful debut album ‘Watercolour’ which is available now as well as a repertoire including his own compositions and some of the worlds favourite pieces.


Yuanfan Yang, despite his tender age has already performed across the globe and in the most prestigious venues, including ‘Sala Piatti in Bergamo, Steinway Hall in Berlin and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.’ He is also a highly decorated pianist, winning awards including 1st prize of the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, 1st prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition in the USA in 2015 and was keyboard winner and a Grand Finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2012. Speaking about the concert Yuanfan said, ' 'I'm so looking forward to returning to Glasgow, Scotland to perform again. I have a very deep connection to Scotland, not least because that's where I was born! I've been lucky to perform in Scotland many times, including an extensive solo tour in 2014 (which included Glasgow University), as well as the magnificent Glasgow Royal Concert Hall several years back. I keenly anticipate my Glasgow concert in November.’


Managing director of Newlands Global Events, Neil Wilson said of the concert, ‘Yuanfan is a phenomenally talented young pianist who is already highly decorated and one of the most sought after pianists in the world. For him to be coming to perform for us in the Southside of Glasgow is a real treat and I know he will deliver a sensational performance,’


More information on Yuanfan is available via his official website yuanfanyang.com and his official twitter feed @yuanfanyang


In Concert with Yuanfan Yang is on Friday 15th November 2019 at 7:30pm at the Fotheringay centre. Tickets are priced at £30 (inclusive of taxes and booking fees) and can be purchased online now at newlandsglobalevents.com


Yuanfan Yang

Yuanfan Yang was recently named as one of the winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, as well as the Special Prize for Best British Contestant after his performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in Edinburgh, Yuanfan began learning the piano when he was 6, passed Grade 8 with Distinction at the age of 8 and achieved a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) when he was 10. He was awarded the AMusTCL Diploma in Music Theory with Distinction in 2015. He studied with Dr Murray McLachlan at Chetham’s School of Music from 2008, and since 2015 he has been studying with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music.

Yuanfan has won numerous piano competitions, including 1st Prize of the Prix Animato Tarnow Competition 2018, and 1st Prize and the Marcella Crudeli Diploma Prize for Youngest Finalist in the Roma International Piano Competition 2018, Italy. Prior to this, he had won 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition in the USA in 2015, and 1st Prize of the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany in 2014, with which he was awarded the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of a Classical Sonata, the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Works by Liszt, the Special Prize for Best Composition and Improvisation, the Junior Jury Prize, and the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) Prize for Most Outstanding Contestant. Yuanfan is also a fluent sight-reader, having been the champion of the ongoing Michael Abraham Sight-Reading Award six years in a row, ever since he joined Chetham’s. He has also won 1st Prizes in the UK Liszt Society International Piano Prize 2015, the Royal Academy of Music’s Lilian Davies Prize 2018 and Sterndale Bennett Prize 2015, and the 9th Grand Prix Interlaken Classics International Piano Competition 2016. He was the Keyboard Category Winner and a Grand Finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2012 and won both category and overall prizes at the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) UK Piano Competition 2010. As the youngest participant and top eight semi-finalist in the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2016, Yuanfan’s performances earned him the Special AAF (Alink Argerich Foundation) Prize. He is kindly supported by Help Musicians UK, Munster Trust Derek Butler Award, and Talent Unlimited.

Yuanfan has performed for many eminent music societies, festivals and key events throughout Britain, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the US, and has performed concertos by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky with many eminent conductors and leading orchestras including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Romanian Radio National Symphony Orchestra, the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Manchester Camerata.

Yuanfan is also a versatile composer and an accomplished improviser. His ‘Fantasy in G’ for piano was broadcast on BBC Two in 2007 and 2008, and his arrangement of ‘Scarborough Fair’ was shown on BBC Four in 2010. His piano composition ‘Waves’ won the Overall Award in the European Piano Teachers Association UK Composition Competition 2011, and was also one of the winners in the BBC Proms Young Composers Competition 2011. His ‘Haunted Bell’ won first prize in the Junior Group of the Golden Key International Piano Composition Competition in 2012, and it was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio Three. He was a finalist in the National Centre for Early Music Composers’ Award 2013, where his piece ‘Crushed Suites’ was premiered and recorded by the leading early music ensemble Florilegium. In 2016, his ‘Silhouettes’ for small ensemble and ‘axis’ for violin and piano were premiered in London, the latter of which was a prize-winner at the Royal Academy’s Alan Bush Composition Competition 2016. In September 2014, Yuanfan’s new Piano Concerto – ‘The Wilderness’, scored for solo piano and full symphony orchestra, was premiered in Qianjiang, China; the concerto was performed again at Wuhan University as part of his China tour in November 2014, and it had its UK premiere with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra in June 2015, its London premiere in August 2016 at London University, and its French premiere in November 2016 – all the performances were enthusiastically received with critical acclaim from the press and audience. In 2017 this concerto was chosen for substantial funding by the China National Arts Fund – this will fund at least eight public performances with symphony orchestra in China for the 2018-2019 season.

Yuanfan’s debut album Watercolour featuring an eclectic range of solo piano music alongside three of his own compositions was released in September 2017 on Orchid Classics to critical acclaim, including 4* from International Piano Magazine.


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Rising Stars of Classical Music Series 2019/20

Newlands Global Events created the Rising Stars of Classical Music series to showcase the incredible talents that are out there in the classical music world and provide intimate performing opportunities. We are bringing these sensational artists to the heart of local communities, providing access to world class performers for the Southside of Glasgow and beyond. We have a varied and exceptional list of concerts scheduled for the 2019/20 season and are certain both the artists and our audiences will thoroughly enjoy them.

For more events in The Rising Stars of Classical Music Series please visit newlandsglobalevents.com