Dr. Siyu Yang celebrates the versatility of piano performing arts as she has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and cross-art forms musician. Apart from giving numerous solo recitals in academic settings and local communities, she performed Beethoven’s piano concerto no.3 as a soloist with the Minnesota State University Mankato orchestra and Renaissance & Baroque keyboard works as a harpsichordist in the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Recently, she performed her arrangement of J.S Bach’s keyboard works for her silent film: Tracing the Shadows of Gothic Bach as the prototype for her research in Bach keyboard music in American Horror Films.
A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Shenyang Conservatory, Siyu Yang holds Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in piano performance. Her primary teachers were Timothy Hoft, a student of Earl Wild, and David Viscoli, a student of John Perry. Apart from her primary concentration in piano performance, she explored her passions in harpsichord, organ, jazz, and film music studies during graduate school.
Siyu Yang’s teaching philosophy is that students of all levels have the potential to develop their musical language by receiving proper musical training. She values the knowledge of theoretical aspects and the development of healthy practicing habits in every stage of piano learning. She encourages her students to use classical music as a foundation to explore and appreciate a variety of music styles, and she encourages students’ creativity in piano performance, music arrangement, and improvising.