Charles Yang, Co-Host/Creative
Charles Yang joined From the Top team of Co-Hosts and Creatives. Read more.
He was a featured performer on Show 74, recorded in Austin, TX, on October 19, 2002; Show 160, recorded in Boston on May 23, 2007; Show 230, recorded in Monterey, CA, on April 7, 2011; and Show 286, recorded in Cincinnati, OH, on April 2, 2014.
Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award has been described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” A graduate from the Juilliard School, Mr. Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He first appeared on From the Top as a 14 year-old and has been featured on radio, PBS’ “From the Top at Carnegie Hall” and numerous other From the Top projects ever since. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day.” He joined the genre-defying trio, Time for Three in 2016. Visit his website at charlesyangmusic.com.
Listen to Charles
Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout”, Finale by Franz Schubert | Charles Yang, violin; Maanas Varma, viola; Vincent Garcia-Hettinger, cello; Christian Luevano, double bass; Peter Dugan, piano
Three Dances in the Old Style, Op. 54 by Lera Auerbach with Vincent Garcia-Hettinger, cello, 16, from San Antonio, TX
Show 364, Beaver Creek, CO
"Loopy" by Charles Yang with Gwenyth Aggeler, guitar, and Peter Dugan, piano
Show 303, Interlochen, Michigan
Featured soloist in The Three Musketeers, A Play for Instruments (world premiere performance)
Show 286, Cincinnati, OH
Serenade (Siciliano) for Three Violins and Piano by Joseph Hellmesberger Sr, with pianist Christopher O'Riley
Show 230, Monterey, CA
Chaconne in G minor by Tomaso Vitali
Show 230, Monterey, CA
Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, violinist Charles Yang, guitarist Roberto Granados, and double bassist Emily Brown perform “Trapped” by Jake Shimabukuro, arr. Lee Blaske
Show 160, Boston, MA
Henri Vieuxtemp’s “Souvenir d’Amerique”
Show 93, Cincinnatii, OH
The Starling Chamber Orchestra (with solo violinists Su Yeon Lee, 14; Tessa Lark, 14; Charles Yang, 15; and Jonathan Miron, 11), Symphonia Concertante by Ludwig Maurer