“Yang’s flamboyant, do-or-die style makes heads turn while always being true to the spirit of the music.”
— Sunday Times
A passionate soloist and chamber musician, Singaporean violinist Shuxiang Yang has concertised in Asia, North America, Europe, and Australasia—at venues ranging from Singapore’s Esplanade and Victoria concert halls to Boston’s Jordan Hall to the iconic Museo del Violino in Cremona. Concerto credits include solo appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, NUS Chinese Orchestra, and The Chamber Players. He has also been featured in prominent festivals such as the Perlman Music Program and Macao Arts Festival. Recognised as one of Singapore’s foremost young musicians, Yang has performed for several of the country’s leaders—President S. R. Nathan, President Tony Tan, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong—and was honoured as a President’s Young Performer in 2012.
“[Yang] gave arguably the finest solo performance in the history of the President’s concert series. … Seldom has there been a performance of such intensity, … one that grabbed the listener by the lapels and never let go.”
— Straits Times
Yang believes that music conveys meaning; it has the power to tell a story. Recent creative endeavours embody this ideology, emphasising the semiotic aspects of concert programming. In his 2016 recital project ‘Dichterleben’, an overarching narrative of life, death, and transcendence unfolds gradually through a collage of spoken poetry and music. A new programme, evocatively titled ‘the Other lands’, is currently in the works.
Beyond the Western canon, Yang is fascinated by the seemingly endless possibilities of the avant-garde. Explorations along this frontier include performances with [nec]shivaree, New England Conservatory’s contemporary improvisation department, and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory New Music Ensemble. He particularly cherishes working with living composers from Singapore, and has premiered compositions by Phoon Yu and Koh Cheng Jin.
Yang’s unique musical voice took shape under the guidance of esteemed professors Donald Weilerstein, Almita Vamos, Roland Vamos, Qian Zhou, and Victor Danchenko. Also influential were his beloved pre-college teachers Sylvia Khoo and Lynette Lim, who kindled his ardent love for music and inspired him to pursue his dreams.
Yang was a recipient of the prestigious Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation Scholarship, and a prizewinner at the Hong Kong International Violin Competition, Cremona International Competition for Strings, and Atlantic Symphony Concerto Competition. He holds degrees in music from New England Conservatory (M.M.), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (G.D.), and Northwestern University (B.M.). Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate at NEC, Yang serves as a teaching assistant for Prof. Donald Weilerstein and the school’s musicology department.