East Carolina University
Kwan Yi has been praised by audiences and critics alike as a pianist of "lyrical elegance" and "ravishing, pitch-perfect clarity". He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks (Germany), Auditorium du Louvre (France), Teatro Principal de Alicante (Spain), Suntory Hall (Japan), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea).
In recent seasons, Mr. Yi has appeared as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia, Trondheim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Castleton Festivals. He is a founding member of the Madison Piano Trio, a top prizewinner of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (Norway). As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at the Bowdoin College, University of Arkansas, East Carolina University, Marylhurst University, Michigan State University, Ouchita Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin University, Randolph College, Cleveland Museum of Art, Theatre de Vevey (Switzerland), and Sendai Cultural Center (Japan). His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WHYY, KUHF, Radio France and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for Hänssler label with Violinist Itamar Zorman.
A recipient of many honors and prizes, Mr. Yi's awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and top prizes in the Sendai International Piano Competition (Japan), and the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition (Italy).
Mr. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival.