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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


Virtuoso Music of the 19th Century
Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, 22 May 2007
LISZT Consolation S172 No 3, Rapsodie espagnole S254
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano
ERNST Elégie sur la mort d'un objet chéri Op 10, Fantaisie Brillante sur la Marche et la Romance d'Otello de Rossini Op 11 Ilya Grubert, violin
Christopher Hinterhuber, piano

BUSONI Elegy No 2 K249 ‘All'Italia!’, Toccata in A flat minor K287
Wolf Harden, piano
SARASATE Habanera Op 21 No 2 (Danza española No 2), Playera Op 23 No 1 (Danza española No 5), Capricho vasco Op 24 (Caprice basque) Tianwa Yang, violin • Markus Hadulla, piano
RIES Fantasy for Piano after Schiller's Poem ‘Resignation’ Op 109 Christopher Hinterhuber, piano

PIAZZOLLA Sinfonia Buenos Aires, Aconcagua,
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Daniel Binelli, bandoneón • Tianwa Yang, violin
Nashville Symphony Orchestra • Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor


Astor Piazzolla’s name has become synonymous with tango, the signature dance of his native country, Argentina. In the Sinfonía Buenos Aires, Piazzolla’s development of symphonic tango is notable for brilliant, original and often complex orchestration. His Bandoneón Concerto, nicknamed ‘Aconcagua’ after the highest Andean mountain, provides the soloist with ample opportunities for drama, pathos and virtuosity. Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), a series of single tango movements with several references to Vivaldi’s famous work, is a vivid sequence in which the changing moods of the seasons are expressed by means of an almost limitless emotional range and depth.

SARASATE Violin and Orchestra Music Vol 1
Tianwa Yang, violin • Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, conductor


‘Ernest Martinez Izquierdo draws passionate and nuanced playing from the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, the orchestra founded by Sarasate in 1879, and the recording venue was their concert hall in Pamplona, the composer’s birthplace. Tianwa Yang toured China with this same orchestra in a series of Sarasate concerts, and clearly understands the music, going beyond a dazzling technique to get at the Spanish soul within.’
The Wholenote

‘The young Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang, born in Beijing in 1987, recorded Paganini at age 13 and has been termed a prodigy. By the time she recorded this disc of Sarasate violin-and-orchestra favorites in 2008 she was less a prodigy than a veteran, with several Sarasate discs already to her credit. She seems to be getting better and better, and to be emerging as a major star.’ –

SARASATE Violin and Orchestra Music Vol 2  
Tianwa Yang, violin • Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, conductor


Dazzlingly virtuosic fireworks, spirited passion and astonishing technique combine in the youthful Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang who leaves the critics grasping for superlatives whenever she plays. In this second volume of Naxos’s cycle of Sarasate’s complete works for violin and orchestra she again teams with the orchestra founded by the legendary Spanish violinist-composer in 1879 to present two of his orchestral masterpieces, the famous Carmen Fantasy and the sadly neglected Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, as well as several other utterly delightful, and fiendishly difficult, concert pieces.

SARASATE Violin and Piano Music Vol 1
Tianwa Yang, violin • Markus Hadulla, piano

‘The young Chinese violinist, Tianwa Yang… plays Sarasate in a style more in sympathy with the Master’s lightness but aggressively, too, and smolderingly Iberian… Markus Hadulla shares fully in the sense of excitement that Yang creates… The highest recommendation, as a recording of special merit, to anyone even remotely connected with the violin and to everyone who isn’t—yet. It’s like first love.’ – Fanfare

‘Each track simply abounds with taste, flair and a refined humanity that makes this most generous anthology compelling listening.’ – Stringendo

SARASATE Violin and Piano Music Vol 2
Tianwa Yang, violin • Markus Hadulla, piano

‘Yang has already demonstrated not only stunning, effortless virtuosity, but an uncanny affinity for Spanish music in a recording of Sarasate’s Spanish Dances (Naxos 8.557767). Here, her ability to capture the bel canto style—its meltingly beautiful sound, vocal fireworks, rhythmic flexibility, graciousness, and charm—is equally astonishing. Her double-stops are impeccably in tune, her runs glitter, her tone caresses the ear, and her expressiveness touches the heart without becoming sentimental or corny.’ – Strings

‘Everything here is a special and highly virtuosic treat, especially the violinist… I suppose Yang's playing can only be described as perfect, and "perfect" is a word I normally hate to use, because I normally think of perfection to be a myth.’ – American Record Guide

VIVALDI The Four Seasons
Tianwa Yang, violin • Ensemble Tianwa Yang • Gerd-Uwe Klein, Conductor

Available for streaming and download only

Eight Seasons – VIVALDI The Four Seasons /
PIAZZOLLA Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas

Tianwa Yang, violin • Ensemble Tianwa Yang • Gerd-Uwe Klein, conductor

CD available only in Germany. Not available for streaming and download.

Tianwa Yang Records Mendelssohn Violin Concertos for Naxos

Tianwa Yang Biography & Discography

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