Winner of the prestigious 3Arts Award in 2015, Chihsuan Yang (Violin, Erhu, Piano) uprooted to the United States at the age of 15. A native of Taiwan, Chihsuan began studying music at a very early age. Today, her renowned skill and eclectic versatility with the violin, erhu, and piano can be heard throughout the globe. From playing with Yo-Yo Ma and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, to Grammy Award winning Kings of Leon and playing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Chihsuan’s body of work spans across a multitude of genres and reaches beyond borders.
As a long-standing member of the legendary, Chicago-based Corky Siegel's ChamberBlues, Chihsuan has literally toured the world over and participated in such highly acclaimed stages and music festivals as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Lollapalooza, SXSW, World Music Festival Chicago, CMJ, Feria de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico, and Festival de Musica de Camara in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Her expansive collaborations carry over to Las Guitars de Espana, a Spanish guitar/flamenco ensemble and frequently performs with Grammy nominated artist, Matthew Santos. She has performed with a myriad of chamber music ensembles, including the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, Chinese Fine Arts Society of Chicago, Fulcrum Point Music Project, Chicago Opera Theatre, Access Contemporary Music, Yellow River Performing Arts, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony, Metropolis Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Ensemble Del Niente, and International Chamber Artists.
Her participation with high-profile projects continues with the original world musical, Sita Ram. In collaboration with the Lookingglass Theatre, Natya Dance Teatre, and Chicago Children’s Choir, Sita Ram earned three nominations for the Joseph Jefferson Awards and was relaunched at Chicago’s Harris Theatre with renowned success.
Chihsuan's work reaches beyond live music and can also be heard on the trailer for the biographical historical drama Hyde Park on Hudson, staring Bill Murray. In 2014, Chihsuan performed on recordings for Brian Wilson's 11th studio album "No Pier Pressure," and recorded on PBS “Soundstage” with Brian Wilson at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas, as well as toured with Bollywood mega star, Arijit Singh. In 2016, she recorded "Soundstage" again with singer-songwriter Regina Spektor and toured with REM's bassist, Mike Mills.
While being featured as a soloist in various recordings, concerts, and symphonies, Chihsuan continues to work and record with a variety of artists and released her debut solo album Ways to Say Hello, a mix of original World/Electronic compositions. Chihsuan is currently recording a studio album with her brand new electronic duo ESCP along with Bob Garrett. They plan on releasing it in the coming year.
April 1, 2017 ESCP Steppenwolf's 1700 Theater Chicago, Illinois
April 8, 2017 Chamberblues Blizzard Auditorium Elgin, Illinois
April 9, 2017 Chamberblues Acorn Theater Three Oaks, Michigan
May 25-26, 2017 Chamberblues Strathmore PAC Bethesda, Maryland Event Website
June 2, 2017 Chamberblues City Winery Chicago Chicago, Illinois
June 3-4, 2017 Chamberblues Thrasher Opera House Green Lake, Wisconsin
June 16, 2017 W/ Matthew Santos Martyrs Chicago, Illinois Event Website
June 22, 2017 W/ Matthew Santos Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion Chicago, Illinois Event Website
July 9, 2017 Chamberblues Long Grove Festival Long Grove, Illinois Event Website
July 29, 2017 Chamberblues Beverly Arts Center Beverly, Illinois Event Website
October 6, 2017 ESCP Asian American Jazz Festival Chicago, Illinois
February 2, 2018 Chamberblues McIntyre Hall Mt. Vernon, Washington Event Website
February 3, 2018 Chamberblues John Shedd Institute for the Arts Eugene, Oregon Event Website