Described by the Boston Globe as one who plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star, Juilliard musician Charles Yang has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Being a composer/songwriter, violinist, electric violinist, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist, Yang has won numerous awards including 1st prize of the Lennox International Young Artist Competition, 1st place of the junior bowed instrument division of the Kingsville International Young Performers competition, 2nd place of the 45th Sorantin International Young Artist Competition and 36th National Young Artist Competition, winner of the Academy Violin Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin, Texas presented Mr. Yang with his own Charles Yang Day.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Mr. Yang was force-fed the violin at an early age by his parents. Starting his violin studies with his mother, Mr Yang has since studied with world-renown pedagogues such as Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and currently at the Juilliard School, Glenn Dicterow. Yang has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras as well a frequent solo artist on the Emmy Award winning show From the Top, appearing with them in Carnegie Hall among others and has represented From the Top as a young artist at the Harvard University Faculty Club labeled the Best Fifteen-minute Concert in the World, Britney Spears Camp, and various National Public Radio events in Washington, DC and Boston. Charles Yang has been featured in the Austin American Statesman, The New York Times, Picayune, Boston Globe, Fortissimo, Shenzhen Daily, Shaumburger Nachrichten, Dallas Daily, Cincinnati Enquirer, Juilliard Journal, The Strad, and the Texas Observer.
Violinist and NS Design Artist JASON YANG, winner of the 2010 Verizon Audience Choice Award at Kollaboration, (the world’s biggest Asian-American talent competition,) is quickly becoming one of today’s most popular sensations on the electric violin circuit in the U.S. and abroad. With over 28,000 subscribers and over 2.2 million views on his YouTube channel, he is known for his memorable renditions of popular television and video game themes, hip-hop duets, his quirky sense of style and his talent on both acoustic and electric violin as well as piano.
His electric violin performances in the U.S. include corporate events for Adidas, Ford, Frito-Lay, Paul Mitchell and Hilton as well as charity events for causes ranging from earthquake relief in the Philippines to aiding children in Vietnam. Jason has also performed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for Panasonic and at The Zodiac Show in Hollywood which also features fan favorites, Adam Lambert and Carmit Bachar of the Pussycat Dolls. In 2007, he made his European debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He made his acting debut on hit TV series Glee, Season 3, Episode 7, sporting his NS CR4 Violin!
Classically trained from the age of six, Jason has studied with Arnold Grossi of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Juilliard School faculty members Naoko Tanaka and Elizabeth Chang, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has attended and performed at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Cremona, Italy and the Tanglewood Institute of Music in Lenox, Massachusetts for both solo and chamber music. As a violinist in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, he has performed for then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Philadelphia as well as on tour in several of the most important concert halls of Europe and South America, including Radio Symphony Hall in Vienna, Mozarteum Grand Hall in Salzburg, Dvorak Hall in Prague, Liszt Academy’s Grand Concert Hall in Budapest, Roma Musical Theater in Warsaw, Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, Teatro Cultura Artistica of Sao Paulo, among others.