Pianist, Ann Yi is a versatile soloist and chamber musician with a broad range of musical interests, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. A strong advocate of new music, Ann is dedicated to working with contemporary composers and bringing experimental and avant-garde music to broader audiences. She has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Stefano Scodanibbio, Philippe Leroux and Christopher Wendell Jones and performed numerous works by composers including Brian Ferneyhough, Pierre Boulez, Gérard Grisey, Harrison Birtwistle, Lee Hyla, György Ligeti and many emerging composers of our time.

Ann is a member of the Eco Ensemble, new music ensemble-in-residence at U.C. Berkeley. She has also performed extensively with new music ensembles in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the sfSoundGroup. Ann recently appeared in the Venice Music Biennale in Italy, in which her performances were broadcasted live on Radio 3, Cartellone, Italy. She has also performed at the Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico, and the MANCA New Music Festival in Nice, France. In Chicago, she is a frequent guest artist on concert series and other events, such as New Music DePaul at Depaul University, the Latino Music Festival, New Music Ensemble concerts at University of Chicago, and the Frequency Series at Constellation.

As a soloist, Ann
was recently featured in the European premiere of Cindy Cox's piano concerto, Pianos, at the Venice Music Biennale in Italy and Jonathan Harvey's Bird Concerto with Pianosong at U.C. Berkeley, both with the Eco Ensemble, and Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. She has also premiered numerous works including the world premiere of twelve piano preludes composed to commemorate the 2012-13 centennial of the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL. Her recordings of these preludes were released by DePaul University School of Music in celebration of this anniversary. She has also been featured on recordings on the Innova, Tzadik, and New Focus Recordings labels. 

Ann received a Doctor of Music and a Master of Music in piano from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano from San José State University. She studied principally with Evelyne Brancart, and also with Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Karen Shaw, Alfred Kanwischer and Jonathan Bass. Currently, Ann is on the faculties at Harold Washington College and Triton College, IL, and previously taught at Cañada College and Skyline College in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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