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Amy Yang, program director and piano faculty

Amy YangHailed by The New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet”, pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned soloist and chamber musician. In the 2012–13 season, she played over 70 concerts, including solo appearances with the Mansfield Symphony and Shenyang Conservatory Philharmonic and performances in Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Kravis Center, among others.

First prizewinner of competitions including the International Corpus Christi Young Artists’ Competition and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, Ms. Yang has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, soloed with symphonies such as the Houston Symphony, and toured with Musicians from Ravinia and Curtis on Tour. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove Masterclasses, Verbier Academy, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, and Music from Angel Fire. She gave world premieres of music by Ezra Laderman and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Prize for an Outstanding Pianist as well as the Alumni Association Prize. She is a chamber music mentor within the Curtis Institute of Music’s young artist initiative.
During Curtis Summerfest 2014 Ms. Yang will serve as program director and piano faculty for the Young Artist Summer Program and piano faculty for Chamber Music for Adult Musicians.

Charles Abramovic, piano faculty

YASP_AbramovicPianist Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his performances as soloist, chamber musician and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He has played at major festivals in Salzburg, Berlin, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Vancouver, Aspen, and Newport.
Mr. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at age fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. Highly regarded as a collaborator, he has performed often with such stellar artists as violinists Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, and Viktoria Mullova; violist Kim Kashkashian; and flutists Mimi Stillman and Jeffrey Khaner
Mr. Abramovic has recorded for EMI Classics with Sarah Chang and for Avie Recordings with Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius on the DTR label has won high praise in both the United States and Europe. Dedicated to performing and contemporary music, he has recorded works by Milton Babbitt, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwanter and many others for CRI, Bridge, Naxos, Albany, and Koch International Classics.
Mr. Abramovic teaches at the Boyer College of Music of Temple University, where he is chair of the piano department.