Yang Yang Cai
Yang Yang Cai (1998) started playing the piano aged five with Noor Relijk, continuing her studies with the renowned professor Jan Wijn. She received her Bachelor’s degree with exceptional marks in May 2019 from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Yang Yang has performed in numerous masterclasses by Boris Berman, Matti Raekallio, Mikhail Voskresensky, and many others. From November 2020, Yang Yang will continue her piano studies at the Imola Piano Academy with maestro Enrico Pace.
She was a two-time winner of the Steinway Piano Competition in 2008 and 2012, representing the Netherlands at the International Steinway Festival aged only nine in a performance at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Yang Yang received the first prize in the Junior Finals of the Young Pianist Foundation (YPF) Competition in 2013, following her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 with the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. She was given the Classic Young Masters Award in 2017. In 2019, Yang Yang won the Young Pianist Foundation Competition, where she excelled in her rendition of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Conservatory of Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra led by Jean-Bernard Pommier.
Yang Yang participated in The International Holland Music Sessions and Aspen Music Festival and School 2018 (US), and is in high demand among venues like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and at major Dutch festivals like Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. She has appeared repeatedly on live Dutch TV.
Yang Yang formed the Amsterdam Piano Trio in 2017 with Shin Sihan (violin) and Alexander Warenberg (cello). In 2019 they performed in various major concert halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.