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Renowned Chinese pianist Claudia Yang opens the PPO Season. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/CCP

Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang opens PPO concert season

Renowned Chinese pianist Claudia Yang opens the PPO Season. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/CCP
Renowned Chinese pianist Claudia Yang opens the PPO Season. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/CCP

Noted Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang opens the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s (PPO) 33rd Concert Season 2015-2016 under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine on September 11, 2015, 8 p.m at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

Likewise, the concert is the opening of Maestro Ochanine’s final season as music director.

Program consists of Franz von Suppé’s “Pique Dame Overture (Queen of Spades, 1864),” Frederic Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (1830)” and Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 1, Op. 10 (1925).”

Claudia Yang began her piano studies at the age of five under Mrs. Norman Tan in Malaysia and already at six gave her first concert performance.

In 1991, she arrived in Vienna to study under Dianko Iliew and in the following year, she was invited to perform at the “Salzburg International Music Festival for Young Pianists”.

In 1993, Claudia entered the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna, where she was chosen by Paul Badura-Skoda to be his student.

In 1994, Claudia began to study under Ludwig Hoffman and graduated as joint best pianist of her year in 1997.

During this time, Claudia has given concerts throughout Europe, also appeared as soloist in many European music festivals. In the summer of year 1994, Claudia went to Ukraine to study under Orysia Sterniuk.

Furthermore, Claudia was recognized and esteemed by the world renown Chinese magazine, “China Voice” of New York, as “The Global Chinese of the Year 1999”.

In 2010, Claudia made her tour in Europe and Asia giving recitals celebrating Chopin’s 200th Birth Anniversary.

Since 2011, Claudia is also sitting as a jury member at the International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow.

In 2012, Claudia was the first Asian pianist who was being invited by the great Russian conductor Valerie Gergiev to perform at Vladikavkaz International Music Festival in Russia which was founded by him.

PPO maestro Olivier Ochanine.
PPO maestro Olivier Ochanine.

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Ferenc Liszt’s Birth in 2011, Claudia has been invited to touring in Asia and Europe giving concerts with Liszt’s repertoire.

Claudia is awarded “Pro Cultura Hungarica” by Hungarian Government for her contribution in promoting Hungarian Cultural especially music by Ferenc Liszt.

The award was presented by Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Viktor during his official visit to China in February 2014.

In 2014 May, Claudia and Gyula Fekete have composed Piano Concerto “Dream of The Red Chamber” based on Wang Li Ping’s songs from 1987 TV Series “Dream of The Red Mansions”.

The World Premiere was successfully held in Beijing in September 2014. Claudia’s new CD Album “Dream of The Red Chamber” which was recorded with London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studio in London has been released in May 2015.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ticket prices are Php1500, Php1200, Php800, Php500, Php400, Php300, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight (8) or four (4) shows.

For inquires and subscription, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).



PPO’s 2015-2016 concert season opens Sept. 11 with pianist Claudia Yang