M.Mus. Piano Performance (University of Music and Dance Cologne, Germany)
At the age of 7 Cathy Yang started her musical career with Prof. Zhaoyi Dan in China. Soon after she immigrated to Canada and continued her musical journey with Vladimir Niurenberg in Toronto. Her professional musical studies were completed with Prof. Ilja Scheps at the University of Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) with a Masters degree in piano performance. While in Canada, she participated and received prizes in many regional piano festivals and also in the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition. In 2006, she won two first prizes at the solo and concerto competition at Ithaca College in New York, USA.
In May 2006, she was invited by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation as one of two representatives from Canada to participate in their music festival Moscow Meets Friends. Performing in the Central Music School in Moscow, Russia, she shared the stage with some of the most talented young musicians from around the world.
In 2010, Cathy won the third prize in her age category at the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera in Spain.
While in Aachen, Germany she was invited multiple times by the Collegium Musicum orchestra of the RWTH Aachen to perform as the soloist in the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. She also performed in Poland with various orchestras. As a member of Aix Alma Trio she toured several times in Germany.
Cathy was part of the Pedagogical Internship with Dorothee Broichhausen in 2012 where she gained more love of teaching. Cathy has been teaching for 10 years, now lives in Toronto, Canada and is currently working on some innovative piano projects. She is excited to join the musical family at CMC.
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