Highly praised by the world’s leading magazine Gramophone as an artist with “both nerve and unusual pianistic assurance”, the young rising star Yi Lin Jiang immediately caught the international music world’s attention with the release of his debut album “Masques”. The Polish Radio calls the CD “a collage of various colours and emotions”, the French magazine Diapason attests “a gesture carried with pride” to his playing, the largest online guide AllMusic applauds “his virtuosity as well as his sensitivity to moods”, and the BR-Klassik recommends this original record as “the promising portrait of a young pianist”. The Australian Limelight Magazine defines him as “an impressive new kid on the block, prodigiously talented with consummate technique and dash.”
The Chinese-German pianist Yi Lin Jiang was born 1988 in Munich and grew up in a family of musicians. After spending his early childhood in Shanghai, he moved back to Europe at the age of six where he received his first piano lessons with Barbara Strauß. One year later, he already won his first piano competition. He made his orchestra debut at the age of ten and was rewarded the Youth Culture Prize of Kaufbeuren as the youngest musician for his successful music activities. In 2005, he joined the world-renowned piano class of the late German pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (1930-2012), both at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media where he belonged to the last generation of his teacher's students. Since 2012, he has been studying with the famous Polish pianist Ewa Kupiec. Furthermore, he was also working at Hanover’s Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine under the guidance of Dr. med. Eckart Altenmüller as an artistic tutor where he was teaching and exchanging musical experiences with fellow students. After completing both his Bachelor and Master of Music with highest distinction, he is currently studying in the solo performance class, being Ewa Kupiec’s assistant at the same time.
The Young Steinway Artist performs in renowned venues including the Hercules Hall and the Cuvilliés Theatre of the Munich Residence, the Gasteig, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and the historical Willa Atma in Zakopane, as well as in various music festivals including the Music Festival of the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Heidelberger Klavierwoche, the Euregio Musikfestival, the Zhejiang Art Academy, the Internationales Klavierfestival junger Meister, Un Invierno en Mallorca and the Salzburg Biennale. He collaborates with many orchestras including the Südwestfalen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swabian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Young Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with notable conductors including Allan Bergius, Carlos Domínguez-Nieto, Raphael von Hoensbroech, Hans Drewanz, Alexandra Helldorff and Massimiliano Caldi. Among other important musicians who influenced his career are Herbert Schuch, Francisco Araiza, Łukasz Borowicz, Nicholas Rimmer, Alexander Müllenbach, the Szymanowski Quartet, Toshio Hosokawa and Julius Berger. He won several international competitions including the German Piano Competition of Polish Music and the European Chamber Music Competition Musiquenfamille with his father, the Shanghai clarinetist Bin Wei Jiang. In 2015, he became the artistic director of the Munich Pianists Association. He accepted the invitation to serve as the youngest jury member for the China Youth Music Competition by joining the judging board in 2016. His debut album “Masques” (Solaris Records) received critical acclaim, worldwide radio airplay and was rewarded with a nomination for the prestigious German Record Critics' Award.
Yi Lin Jiang’s upcoming 2017/18 season will include his London debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields and a concert invitation to the Munich Opera Festival with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.