Yundu Wang is a Chinese-American classical pianist currently based in Boston, MA. An established soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician, Yundu has performed widely throughout the U.K., U.S., and Europe. Her deep interest in communication in both music and language led her to pursue doctoral research on the relationship between musical expression and speech prosody in London, U.K. Now returned to the U.S., Yundu is committed to sharing her research and intercultural experiences through teaching, collaborating, and performing.
An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Yundu has toured throughout the U.K., Germany, and Belgium in piano trios, piano quartets, and duo projects with violin. While on her U.K. tour with violinist Savitri Grier, Yundu gave a masterclass as a guest artist at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Her most recent collaborations include an augmented reality concert with Christine Lamprea (Longy School of Music of Bard College) and a debut album with Audrey Wright (Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), set to be released in early 2022.
Yundu has been invited to numerous festivals and courses, including the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Jeunesses Musicale Deutschland, and the Holland Music Sessions. She has worked and collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Peter Frankl, and the Weilerstein Trio. Yundu has also played in solo masterclasses for esteemed pianists such as Richard Goode, Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Boris Berman, and Jean-Bernard Pommier.
Yundu has been awarded prizes at the Honours Competition at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Seiler International Piano Competition, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, and the Gavrilin International Piano Competition. She received the Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Prize for her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, op. 111.
Beyond performance, Yundu has presented her interdisciplinary research at the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody in Poznań, Poland. She is also interested in identity as a performer and conducted an autoethnographic examination of musical expression, East Asian identity, and the performer’s voice in Western classical music. Her research collaboration with Dr. Biranda Ford (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) was presented at the Guildhall School’s ResearchWorks seminar series.
Yundu received a Doctor of Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, supervised by Ronan O’Hora, Dr. Elinor Payne of the University of Oxford, Martin Roscoe, and Dr. Cormac Newark. She also earned a Master of Performance with Distinction in Piano and Collaborative Piano at the Guildhall School. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Vivian Weilerstein and Hung-Kuan Chen.