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ANN UNJU YI
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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 appeared with many leading ensembles, including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the sfSoundGroup, Earplay, and
Ensemble Dal Niente. She has also performed at numerous festivals including the Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico, and the MANCA New Music Festival in Nice, France, Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, Andrew Imbrie Festival, Spring Festival of Italian New Music, the Latino Music Festival and Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago. She has also appeared at numerous concert series, including Old First Concerts in San Francisco, the <541> Concert Series at Stanford, the Shenson Artist Concert in SF, the Music Now and From Almost Yesterday Concert in Milwaukee, the Musica Viva, the New Music DePaul, the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble Concert, and the Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago.

An active soloist, Ann
was recently featured as soloist in the European premiere of Cindy Cox's piano concerto, Pianos, at the Venice Music Biennale in Italy, in which her performances were broadcasted live on Radio 3, Cartellone. She has also been featured as soloist in Jonathan Harvey's Bird Concerto with Pianosong at U.C. Berkeley with the Eco Ensemble, and Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Schumann Piano Concerto with Stanford Symphony Orchestra. In Spring 2017, she will be featured as a soloist in premiere performance of George Flynn's Memories and Meditation with Ensemble 20+ at DePaul University in Chicago. Ann has also premiered numerous works including 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 Bloomington 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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