"Terrific pianist!" ~ Ruggiero Ricci
"Wang strokes and strikes the keyboard pristinely and with elegance."
~ Herald Times
Praised by The Herald Times as a pianist who “strokes and strikes the keyboard pristinely and with elegance”. Taiwanese pianist Liang-yu Wang has performed in major concert halls across four continents. The legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci enthusiastically endorsed her as “A terrific pianist!”
Ms. Wang is currently based in the Chicago, and serves as the collaborative pianist at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. An enthusiastic chamber musician, She has been featured as guest artist with notable chamber music organizations including performances at the Morgan Library & Museum, Red Rocks Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Schlern International Music Festival, Chamber Music on the Fox, and Académie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer”. Her debut CD with cellist Thomas Landschoot, “Balabille: Cello Sonatas by Debussy, Poulenc & Chopin” (ArchiMusic) was nominated as “The Best Classical Music Album” by the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan. Ms. Wang was a recipient of the Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard Conservatory of Music, working closely with the renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. Ms. Wang has also served as Visiting Assistant Professor (Collaborative Piano/String) at the Indiana University-Bloomington and was on faculty at Western Illinois University School of Music. During summers, she is on staff at the prestige music program, Meadowmount School of Music. As a passionate advocate of contemporary music, her ongoing concert tours and recording project in collaboration with the Belgian leading composer Frank Nuyts has been one of her recent career highlights.
Praised by The Herald Times as a pianist who “strokes and strikes the keyboard pristinely and with elegance” Taiwanese Liang-yu Wang has performed in major concert halls across four continents as well as several unconventional performance venues such as the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, NY. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Wang was featured as an artist in residence at Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Her performances are frequently broadcast on WFMT and the Violin Channel.
Ms. Wang is currently based in Chicago, As an enthusiastic chamber musician, she has been featured as guest artist with notable chamber music organizations, including The First Song Series at the Morgan Library & Museum, Lev Aronson Legacy Festival, Sonoran Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music on the Fox, Red Rocks Music Festival, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Burlington Lunchtime Chamber Music Series, Resonant Bodies Festival at Banff Centre, and Downtown Chamber Series. Other festival appearances include Music Academy of the West, Banff Arts Centre, Schlern International Music Festival, and Académie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer”.
Ms.. Wang and cellist Thomas Landschoot released their debut CD “Balabille: Cello Sonatas by Debussy, Poulenc & Chopin” on ArchiMusic, which was nominated by the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan as “The Best Classical Music Album”. Her recent recording with violinist Katherine Wolfe on works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, Messiaen and Korngold, will be published in the near future.
In addition to her expertise in classical chamber music repertoire, Ms. Wang is also an enthusiastic advocate of music by living composers. She has premiered several new music works for both piano solo and chamber music, and has been featured frequently on WIU New Music Festival. Among all her endeavors in promoting new music, one of the most exciting highlights has been her collaboration with the celebrated Belgian composer Frank Nuyts, which started from a piano sonata Mr. Nuyts wrote for her back in 2015. Ms. Wang later on recorded the sonata for the Belgian label “HardScore”, following the world premiere she gave in Paris in summer 2016, The collaboration between the two has continued to grow ever since. Earlier this year, Ms. Wang premiered 2 of Mr. Nuyts’ new compositions, written for her and the ensemble Beat Love Oracle. This innovative setting that features marimba, saxophone, electric guitar, drum set, and piano, is designed to push all boundaries. The upcoming concert tours and recording project with BLO will bring enormous excitements In 2022 and 2023.
Previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor (Collaborative Piano/String) at the Indiana University-Bloomington, and also on faculty at Western Illinois University School of Music, Ms. Wang currently serves as the Collaborative Pianist at the Northwestern University Bienen Scchool of Music. During the summers, she is a collaborative pianist at the prestige summer program, Meadowmount School of Music.
Ms. Wang holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from Indiana University-Bloomington, and received her M.M. and D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from the Arizona State University. She was on staff with the Eastern Music Festival and the Banff Arts Centre in the past summers and was a recipient of the Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard Conservatory of Music, where she worked closely with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, the artistic director of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard.