The Grammy nominated artist, winner of the 3Arts Award and a Camargo Foundation Fellow in France. Chihsuan Yang (Violin, Erhu, Piano), a native of Taiwan, began studying music at a very early age. Today, her renowned skill and eclectic versatility with the violin, erhu, and piano can be heard throughout the globe. From playing with Yo-Yo Ma and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, to Grammy Award winner David Foster and playing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Chihsuan’s body of work spans across a multitude of genres and reaches beyond borders.
As a long-standing member of the legendary, Corky Siegel's ChamberBlues, Chihsuan has toured the world over and participated in such highly acclaimed stages and music festivals as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Lollapalooza, SXSW, World Music Festival Chicago, CMJ, Feria de las Artes in Sinaloa, Festival de Musica de Camara in Aguascalientes and Noche de Primavera Festival in Mexico City, Mexico.
Her expansive collaborations carry over to world music ensembles Los Immortales, Funkadesi and Surabhi. She has performed with a myriad of chamber music ensembles, including Chicago Opera Theatre, Chinese Fine Arts Society of Chicago, Fulcrum Point Music Project, Access Contemporary Music, Yellow River Performing Arts, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony, Metropolis Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Ensemble Del Niente, and International Chamber Artists.
Chihsuan’s work reaches beyond live music and can also be heard on the trailer for the film Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray. In 2014, Chihsuan performed on recordings for Brian Wilson's 11th studio album "No Pier Pressure" and recorded with him on “Soundstage” for PBS with at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas, and went on North America tour with Bollywood mega star, Arijit Singh. Later she appeared on more "Soundstage" productions with singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, Jim Peterick for Survivor and Katherine McPhee. In 2016, she also joined on a national tour with REM's bassist, Mike Mills.
In 2019, her participation in Writers Theater’s production of “Next to Normal” received a JEFF Award nomination in Chicago. Her original compositions “Aria” and “Hanoi” were awarded finalist at International Acoustic Music Awards. In 2020, she received her first Grammy Awards Nomination for the collaboration with The String Theory and spoken word artist, Sekou Andrews.
While being featured as a soloist in various recordings and performances, Chihsuan continues to work and record with a variety of artists and released her debut solo album Ways to Say Hello, a mix of original worldly electronic/acoustic compositions. Chihsuan is currently recording a studio album with her brand new duo ESCP along with Bob Garrett. They plan on releasing it in 2020.
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