Yihan Zhang (MMus)
Starting piano at the age of five, Yihan has performed in China, Spain, Germany, US, and Canada. Winner of multiple international piano competitions, Yihan claimed the gold medal for solo piano in the China-Japan-Korea International Youth Art Festival, 1st prize for both solo piano and collaborative piano in The Yangtze River Cup National Piano Competition, and 2nd prize for solo piano in the Illinois’ 2013 MTNA Piano Competition. Yihan has also been a frequent advocate in new music. At the RED NOTE New Music Festival 2014, she premiered composer Chen Yao’s Ad Libitum for Timpani and Piano in North America.
Yihan actively performs with a diverse range of vocalists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. She served as a collaborative pianist at Music Theater Bavaria, Beyond the Music Festival, and the Vancouver International Song Institute. While pursuing the Artist Diploma degree in Collaborative Piano Studies at UBC, Yihan was a pianist for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Contemporary Players. As a choir pianist, Yihan worked at West Point Grey Academy, the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver School Board.
As a passionate and dedicated teacher, Yihan has ten years of teaching experience, working with piano students of different ages and levels in a variety of settings. She was a full scholarship graduate teaching assistant at Illinois State University where she received professional piano pedagogy training. Believing everyone is talented in different ways and striving to inspire each individual student, Yihan teaches in Vancouver and Richmond regularly.
Yihan holds the Artist Diploma in Collaborative Studies from UBC. With full scholarships, she received her Master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from Illinois State University. Yihan’s principle teachers include Rena Sharon, Geoffrey Duce, Tuyan Tonnu, Sayá Sangidor, and Tsetsen. Yihan was the recipient of the Hans & Alicia Fuchs Scholarship in 2014. Yihan has performed in master classes with a number of distinguished musicians, including Olga Kern, Graham Johnson, JoAnn Kulesza, Amanda Johnston, Serouj Kradjianand, and Laura Loewen.