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.
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.