Ji in Yang, violin and Wayne Weng, Piano


  • Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) - 2 Pieces for Violin and Piano (1911/1914) (5')
  • I. Nocturne
  • II. Cartège
  • Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) - 3 Nocturnes, Op. 16 (1907) (15')
  • I. Andante con moto, sempre legato
  • II. Largamente
  • III. Moderato
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Violin Sonata No. 2. (1923-27) (16')
  • I. Allegretto
  • II. Blues: Moderato
  • III. Perpetuum mobile: Allegro

South Korean violinist Ji in Yang has appeared internationally as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at such venues as the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Zankel Hall and Weill Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Cadogan Hall. Recognized for her expressive and nuanced playing, the United Kingdom’s Musical Opinion described her solo appearance at Cadogan Hall as “brilliantly played”.

A guest soloist of orchestras internationally, Ms. Yang regularly appears with ensembles in the United States and all the major orchestras in Korea, including the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

Ms. Yang tours regularly with the distinguished conductorless ensemble, Sejong Soloists, where she often appears as a soloist. Their album “Passion” on the Universal Music label features her as a soloist in Piazzolla’s Four Seasons’ Summer and Ponce’s Estrellita arranged by Heifetz. Ms. Yang’s performances have also been heard on radio and television shows such as NPR’s From the Top, Japan’s NHK, America’s Capital Public Radio on “Insight”, and guest appearances on Korea’s KBS television shows “Art Theatre” and “Classic Odyssey”.

Ms. Yang holds a degrees from the Juilliard School (BM and MM), full scholarship from Yale University (AD), and CUNY Graduate Center (DMA). She has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Daniel Phillips and also worked with Ruggiero Ricci, Itzahk Perlman, Rodney Friend, Robert McDuffie, Dong-Suk Kang, Rolf Schulte, Chin Kim, and Igor Ozim.

Ms. Yang plays a Petrus Guarnerius violin, made in Venice in 1723.

Pianist Wayne Weng’s playing has been described as “vibrant and immensely musical,” and as having “delicacy amounting to almost reverence […] through gossamer touch” (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald). His “ability to modulate the piano’s sound […] coupled with his great ear easily gave him an edge” (Sioux City Journal) to win the first prize at the 2013 Iowa International Piano Competition. He was also a laureate at the Washington International Competition for Piano, where his performance in the final round “raised the excitement level of the afternoon several notches.” (The Washington Post).

As a soloist as well as a collaborator, Wayne Weng has performed in Canada, the United States, England, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Serbia, Egypt, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has performed concerti with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of University of Alicante, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and the Avanti Orchestra. His performances have been featured on radio stations such as WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York, CBC Radio and Seattle King FM. As a member of the Phoenix Ensemble, his first commercial recording was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.

Wayne Weng holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM and PC), Mannes College of Music (MM), Guildhall School of Music (MMus with Distinction), Yale School of Music (AD) and CUNY Graduate Center (DMA).

Wayne Weng is a Steinway Artist.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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