Tianwa Yang wins ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award
August 25, 2015
Naxos artist Tianwa Yang has been recognised by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie as one of the world’s most outstanding instrumentalists on today’s classical music scene. The Chinese virtuoso violinist was named 2015 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year (violin). The jury cited her Naxos recording of Ysaÿe’s 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27, released in May last year, as the reason for their decision.
This achievement has quickly built on Tianwa’s 2014 ECHO Klassik Nachwuchskünstler des Jahres (Newcomer of the Year) award, recognising promising artists of the new generation, in response to her Naxos recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concertos (8.572662/NBD0032).
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 in general.
Tianwa is joined on the list of this year’s prizewinners by compatriot Lang Lang, who was cited as Instrumentalist of the Year (piano).
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 pianists Rudolf Buchbinder, Murray Perahia and Yuja Wang.
See full list of this year’s award winners
Tianwa Yang Biography & Discography
YSAŸE 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin Op 27
‘Yang’s rare ability to sustain a convincing emotional narrative in these elusive scores proves highly compelling’
– BBC Music Magazine
‘Tianwa Yang’s colors are gorgeous, her nuances magical’
‘performances of eyebrow-raising substance’
– The Strad
‘You can’t go wrong with [this] set’
– American Record Guide