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Jixue Yang



Jixue Yang is a NYC-based contemporary classical pianist. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of eras and styles as well as varied Eastern and Western influences. Ms. Yang’s recent performances include concerts in Boston, New York, Knoxville, Shanghai, Wuhan, Beijing, Zhangzhou, and Fuzhou. As the first Chinese citizen accepted to and graduated from Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, she has simultaneously been introducing experimental contemporary music to Chinese audiences. She has been a featured performer at the Nief-Norf Summer Music Festival, NYU Pulsing & Shaking Festival, the Creative Dialogue XII, and Praecepta at Bowling Green State University. She is dedicated to premiering new works and working closely with composers including Kaija Saariaho, Nils Vigeland, Sidney Boquiren, Alexandre Lunsqui, James Diaz, among others. During the pandemic in 2021, Ms. Yang’s premiere of the hour-long piano solo cycle Histos by Alexandre Lunsqui was chosen as a part of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.


As an active chamber musician, Jixue has been working with NYC new music group infrasound and Ensemble BlackBox. She is also the founder and the pianist/keyboardist for NYC-based electroacoustic trio Apply Triangle. She has performed and lectured at the Spectrum, DiMenna Center, University of Pennsylvania, New York University as well as in Apply Triangle’s Germany tour at SinusTon Electronic Music Festival (Magdeburg), and the conservatories in Dresden, Weimar, and Leipzig. Starting from 2021, Apply Triangle has become the artists in residence at Bowling Green State University and University of Florida where they have given masterclasses and concerts. Apply Triangle was also selected for the Ensemble Forward Grant from Chamber Music America to work with Andrew Kozar. As the pioneering electroacoustic group, Apply Triangle is preparing to release their triple albums Oxalis Triangularis in 2022-2023 through cmntx. The project will introduce 33 new works for keyboards, clarinets, flutes, and electronics by all different composers from different backgrounds and countries.


Born in Fuzhou, China, Ms. Yang’s background includes a wide range of classical training. Studying with Xinning Zhang, Jixue attended the Middle School attached to Central Conservatory of Music where she was awarded the highest scholarships every year. Later, during her study at Walnut Hill School for the Arts (Natick, MA), she was inducted to the Bigelow Society honoring artistic and academic excellence. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Piano Performance and Master of Music degree in Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music (MSM), The Artur Balsam Endowed Scholarship enabled Jixue to pursue her Doctor of Musical Arts with Inesa Sinkevych and Margaret Kampmeier at MSM. She teaches masterclasses, group piano classes and private lessons for non-major students as the Teaching Assistant the Keyboard Skills Department at MSM, and she is the adjudicator for the department placement exams. In 2021, she was selected to perform for the Galaxy Society as the representative of the school. Her other teachers include Hung Kuan Chen, Phillip Kawin, Anthony de Mare, Solomon Mikowsky, and Christopher Oldfather. 

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