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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 performed works by numerous major figures in contemporary music, including Pierre Boulez, Brian Ferneyhough, György Ligeti, Jonathan Harvey, Gérard Grisey, Harrison Birtwistle, Lee Hyla, and have collaborated closely with a number of noteable composers, such as Sylvano Bussotti, Stefano Scodanibbio, Philippe Leroux, Christopher Wendell Jones 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 with many leading ensembles, including Ensemble Dal Niente, the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the sfSoundGroup, and Earplay. Ann has performed at festivals such as the Venice Music Biennale in Italy, in which her performances, including Cindy Cox's concerto, Pianos, were broadcasted live on Radio 3, Cartellone, Italy. Other festival appearances include the Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico, and the MANCA New Music Festival in Nice, France, Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, Spring Festival of Italian New Music in SF, 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, New Music DePaul, and the Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago, among others.

An active soloist, Ann
was featured as soloist with U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Eco Ensemble, and Ensemble 20+ at DePaul University in Chicago. She has also premiered numerous works including twelve preludes for piano commissioned to commemorate the 2012-13 centennial of the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL. In the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year, Ann will be featured as artist-in-residence at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will perform two solo recitals on the concert series, 'Sensoria:New and Experimental Music,' one of which will focus on world premieres of six works for piano by UWM faculty and student composers. Her performances are 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. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.













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