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 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 Süddeutsche Zeitung speaks about his “tremendous musicality and enthralling depth of expression“, and 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), first at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, then at 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 while teaching both as a docent in the piano faculty with his own class and as Ewa Kupiec’s assistant at the same time.
The Young Steinway Artist performs in Munich’s most important venues including the Hercules Hall and the Cuvilliés Theatre of the Munich Residence, the Gasteig and the Prinzregententheater, as well as in other renowned concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the historical Willa Atma Zakopane, and London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields where his solo debut was celebrated with a standing ovation after an extraordinary performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 111. Concert invitations to various music festivals include the Pianists of the World Series, the Music Festival of the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Heidelberger Klavierwoche, the Euregio Musikfestival, the Salzburg Biennale, Internationales Klavierfestival junger Meister, the Countune Piano Series and the Munich Opera Festival. He collaborates with many orchestras including the Südwestfalen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swabian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, the ATTACCA-Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera 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 Francisco Araiza, Alexander Schimpf, Łukasz Borowicz, Herbert Schuch, Toshio Hosokawa , Nicholas Rimmer und 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. He is the founder and artistic director of the Jiang Artists Festival.
Next to various concert invitations, Yi Lin Jiang will collaborate again with the Südwestfalen Philharmonic Orchestra (Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1) in the upcoming 2018/19 season. After a successful debut, his festival will celebrate its second year in March 2019, and his second album (double CD) including a commissioned work by the American composer Randall Meyers will be released in the end of 2019 by his label Solaris Records.