Charles Yang, Co-Host/Creative

Hometown: Austin, Texas

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Charles Yang joined From the Top team of Co-Hosts and Creatives. Read more.

Meet Charles

Charles Yang appeared as a Co-Host on Show 364 in Beaver Creek, CO, Show 391 in November 2020, Show 414 in May 2022, Show 424 in January 2023.

He appeared as guest artist on Show 346 in Boston, MA on October 1, 2017 as a member of Time for Three and Show 303, recorded in Interlochen, MI, on March 13, 2015.

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

Listen to Charles

Show 424
Ambush from All Sides, Traditional, arranged and performed by Charles Yang and Peter Dugan

Show 414
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

Show 414
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

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