Yien Wang serves as the Collaborative Pianist of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, where she performs over eighty concerts per year with faculty, guest artists, and students. In addition to being an active performer, she has taught applied piano, collaborative piano, chamber music, and performance seminar courses. Admired for her musical sensitivity and warmth of personality, she is a pianist with a powerful gift for communication, earning her numerous accolades from audiences and critics alike in a diverse range of concert settings.
Ms. Wang served as the Official Collaborative Artist for the 2012 International Trumpet Guild, The 42nd International Trombone Festival and International Trombone Association Competitions, and The First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. She will continue to be the Collaborative Artist for the 2014 Southeast Trombone Symposium, the 2014 Summerflute, the Annual English Horn Master Classes with Carolyn Hove, and the 2014 MTNA Southern Division Competition. Together with Schwob faculty artist Lisa Oberlander she has recently recorded a CD for clarinet and piano, which will be released in 2014.
Ms. Wang's accomplishments include first prize in the Collaborative Artists category of the 2007 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, the prize for the best string accompanist in the Corpus Christi International Competition (2000), and first prize in the Sidney Wright Accompanying Competition (2001). As a soloist, she earned the top prize in the 2002 Round Top International Festival Concerto Competition, first prize in the 2001 University of Texas Symphony Concerto Competition, and was a prize winner of the First Shanghai Young Artists Piano Competition.
In 2009, Ms. Wang collaborated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trombone section to release “Road Work,” an album recorded in Legacy Hall at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. She has also released a CD and piano pedagogical DVD under the Shanghai Arts-Press label for the John Thompson's Modern Piano Guide.
Born in Shanghai, Ms. Wang came to the United States in 1999. She holds the Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute. Her teachers include Yong Hi Moon, Dr. Betty Mallard, and Zhijue Chao.