Praised for “her sense of joyful virtuosity” as concerto soloist, Julia Yang is a dynamic and versatile cellist, founding member of the award winning Merz Trio and recent member of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect(South Florida Classical Review). She was recently featured in the 2018-19 season as a Young Artist in Residence on Performance Today with Fred Child.
Merz Trio, Ms. Yang's piano trio, winner of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild, garnered First Prizes at both the 2019 Fischoff Competition and 2018 International Chesapeake Competition. Alongside maintaining an active concertizing schedule, the Merz Trio presents innovative multidisciplinary concert experiences interweaving the piano trio genre with diverse art forms ranging from the visual arts, literature and dance to theatre and the culinary arts.
As a solo cellist, Ms. Yang has won top prizes at competitions including the Lennox International Competition and the Union League of Chicago’s Young Artist Competition and performed as concerto soloist with the New World Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.
As chamber musician, Julia has been called the "stunning find of the evening" (New York Classical Review) and has been noted for her “deep tone” and “precision,” and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Europe, Australia and Canada (South Florida Classical Review). Festival performances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Perlman Chamber Music Program, the Taos School of Music, Britten-Pears’ Young Artist Program, and Poland’s Krzyzowa-Music. Her chamber performances have been broadcasted on national radio throughout the United States as well as in Germany and Poland, and she can be heard on CD with the Aldeburgh Strings (Linn Records).
As orchestral leader, Ms. Yang has toured as principal cellist of the New World Symphony, and has performed as principal under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Susanna Malkki, James Gaffigan, John Adams, and Leonard Slatkin and many others in halls including Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and Miami’s New World Center and Arsht Center.
As educator and pedagogue, Ms. Yang has held residencies giving masterclasses at the New England Conservatory’s Prep Division and as artist faculty at C’est Bon Chamber Music Camp, and has coached as a mentor at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Institute and as an Interactive Performance Coach at Carnegie Hall’s Audience Engagement Intensive.