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The Pure Magic of Music – Jeremy Siepmann interviews Tianwa Yang

November 4, 2010


Tianwa Yang

Tianwa Yang has been wowing audiences for more than half her life. Not only because of her stunning technique, or her plain-as-day musicianship, but because she’s a natural to the tips of her remarkable fingers. Some play above the audience, or actually (if inadvertently) exclude them. Some play down to them, eyeing the proverbial gallery. Yang speaks directly to her listeners, and the verb is appropriate. Of course she ‘sings’, of course she soars, but through her performances alone, even on CD, where her physical presence plays no part, she seems to be talking to us. Sharing with us, to use a now much-abused word. She involves us, fulfilling one of the cardinal responsibilities, and privileges, of the true performing artist. Albeit, she is still young, but it is inconceivable that she will ever become a grande dame, a temperamental  diva. In conversation, as in performance, she is utterly unaffected, naturally confident but becomingly modest, and blessed with the gift of simplicity. Music has been central to her life for almost as long as she can remember. But not quite. For a time—though not for long—she was just a kid. Read more










 
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