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Naxos artist Tianwa Yang was recently recognised by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie as one of the outstanding rising stars on the world's classical music scene. The Chinese virtuoso violinist received one of the four 2014 ECHO Klassik Nachwuchskünstler des Jahres (Newcomer of the Year) awards, which recognise promising artists of the new generation. The jury cited her Naxos recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concertos, released in February last year, as the reason for their decision. The jurors make their choices based on artistic quality as well as popular success. The award of the ECHO Klassik therefore not only reflects the opinion of critics but also the appreciation of music consumers.

Previous recipients include conductors Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, and Daniel Harding; string players Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Vilde Frang, Daniel Hope, Lisa Batiashvili, Arabella Steinbacher, Hilary Hahn and Sarah Chang; plus pianist Yuja Wang who, like Tianwa Yang, hails from Beijing and is the only other Chinese artist to have won the Newcomer of the Year Award.

For a full list of award winners, click here.

Naxos 8.572662

Naxos NBD0032
Also available in Blu-ray audio
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos /
Violin Sonata in F Minor

Tianwa Yang, Romain Descharmes,
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, Patrick Gallois

Filled with Mendelssohn’s signature freshness and lightness of touch, the Violin Concerto in D minor and the Sonata, Op 4 are youthful products but written with an assurance which is startling in its maturity. The substantial earlier concerto gives a foretaste of the originality and soaring inspiration which has made the Violin Concerto, Op 64 one of the most enduring works of its age. Acclaimed as “an unquestioned master of the violin” (American Record Guide), Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist, with highly acclaimed discs of works by Sarasate, Piazzolla and Wolfgang Rihm.

“Tianwa Yang is one of the best violinists of the new century. Great violinists combine the head and the heart.
On this recording a great violinist is at work.”
MusicWeb International

Listen to an extract from Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor:
Movt III: Allegro molto vivace

About the Artist

Born in Beijing, Tianwa Yang began studying the violin at the age of four, winning six national competitions while still a very young performer. At the age of ten she entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and in 2003 she was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service to study chamber music in Germany where she remains a resident. While admiring the music of Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Ravel, Yang feels a strong affinity with the work of Wolfgang Rihm, which she finds emotionally compelling, diverse and unique. She is a multi-faceted artist with wide-ranging artistic interests.

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Tianwa Yang's Naxos discography

6 Sonatas for Solo Violin

“…these are clearly
thought-through performances of eyebrow-raising substance.”
- The Strad

Wolfgang Rihm
Works for violin and piano

“You could scarcely do
better than this CD… “
BBC Music Magazine

Music for violin and orchestra
Vol. 1

“...these performances—always stylish and tasteful but technically brilliant—do [Sarasate] full justice.”

Music for violin and orchestra
Vol. 2

“Urgently recommended.”
- Fanfare

Music for violin and orchestra
Vol. 3

“In addition to perfection,
this third volume is full of
surprise and delight.”
American Record Guide

Music for violin and orchestra
Vol. 4

“I simply can’t imagine this tuneful, technically demanding music being played any better than this.”
- MusicWeb International

Works for violin and piano
Vol. 1

“The highest recommendation, as a recording of special merit, to anyone even remotely connected with the violin...”
- Fanfare

Works for violin and piano
Vol. 2

“Her double-stops are impeccably in tune, her runs glitter, her tone caresses the ear, and her expressiveness touches the heart...”
Strings Magazine

Works for violin and piano
Vol. 3

“One simply marvels and enjoys.”
- Gramophone

Works for violin and piano
Vol. 4

“...meltingly seductive
cantabile playing.”
- BBC Music Magazine

The 8 Seasons

[Available only in Germany]

Sinfonia Buenos Aires /
Aconcagua /
The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires

“This is a very exciting issue and would grace any record shelf. It will please all Piazzolla lovers, and bring many more into the fold.”
- MusicWeb International

Tianwa Yang on DVD

Tianwa Yang:
Live in Concert in St Petersburg

“The video is typical of her strengths
(she doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses)...”
Taipei Times

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