Yang Chen is in her first year of graduate studies at New York Univerisity where she is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in percussion performance. Yang completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Music in Performance with Honours. At U of T, she studied with renowned soloist Beverley Johnston and John Rudolph, Principle Percussionist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing inthe U of T Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, Yang has also played with the Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Queen’s Own Rifles, and has freelanced with several other Toronto based orchestras. She has also been involved in musical projects such as R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis with the Luminato Festival in 2015. Yang is also interested in music education and has taught at the Toronto District School Board “Music by the Lake” summer camp, the National Music Camp of Canada, and the Mill House School of Music, a Toronto-based music school.
As a soloist, Yang has performed in masterclasses for renowned percussionists such as Colin Currie, Dan Moore, Nebojsa Zivkovic, and Alan Abel. In the spring of 2016, Yang was a finalist in the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition. Yang was recently awarded the SABIAN/PASIC scholarship, a scholarship given to one Canadian undergraduate percussionist each year to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Upon her graduating from the University of Toronto, Yang was award one of four Faculty of Music Graduating Awards. Yang is a founding member of the Fuse Percussion Quartet, a newly formed percussion ensemble comprised of alumni from the University of Toronto which is interested in exploring contemporary percussion ensemble repertoire and promoting percussion ensemble music in the Toronto musical community. Outside of classical percussion, Yang is very interested in ethnomusicology and is currently studying tabla and steel pan. Yang hopes to teach percussion in a university setting as well as commission new works for chamber percussion ensemble.