Julia Yang, originally from Tallahassee, FL, resides in Brooklyn as cellist of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect and Merz Trio. From 2014-16, Julia was based in Miami Beach, as a cellist in the New World Symphony where she performed as concerto soloist, solo recitalist, chamber musician and rotating principal cellist.
As a member of Ensemble Connect, Julia will be heard at Carnegie Hall, Juilliard's Paul Hall and stages across New York city. She is founding cellist of the Merz Trio with pianist Lee Dionne and violinist Brigid Coleridge, and was previously cellist in the Zaffre String Quartet, composed of members Zenas Hsu, YuEun Kim, and Maren Rothfritz. In 2016, with the Zaffre String Quartet she performed at Yellow Barn, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, the Centrum Chamber Music Workshop. On the New World Center's Chamber Music Series, Julia has been featured in Dvorak's "Dumky" Piano Trio, and was highlighted for her "deep tone" and "precision" in her recent performance of Ravel's Piano Trio (South Florida Classical Review). Collaborations with top artists in performance such as with Roger Tapping, Ida Kavafian, Lynn Harrell, Joseph Silverstein, Tamas Varga, and the principal players of the New York Philharmonic. She has spent summers performing chamber music at Poland's Krzyzowa-Music Festival where her opening concert performance was broadcasted on Polish television, Yellow Barn, the Taos School of Music, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen, the Music Academy of the West and as guest cellist for the San Juan Chamber MusicFest in Ouray, Colorado.
As a solo cellist, Julia has won top prizes at numerous competitions including New World Symphony's 2014-15 Concerto Competition in which her performances of Haydn's C Major concerto were described as "weighted and dignified" and "creating the sense of joyful virtuosity" (South Florida Classical Review). Top prizes were also garnered at the Union League of Chicago's Young Artist competition and Lennox International Competition. As competition winner she has soloed with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony, and Big Bend Community Orchestra, and the New World Symphony Orchestra.
Julia's orchestral leadership experience is substantial having performed as principal cellist in spaces ranging from New York's Carnegie Hall, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, and Boston's Symphony Hall to Miami Beach's New World Center and Miami's Arsht Center. She played as principal cellist on New World Symphony's East Coast tour, and under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, James Gaffigan, Hugh Wolff, Leonard Slatkin, John Adams, Susanna Malkki and Nicholas McGegan. In 2011, she was chosen to play as associate principal cellist of the record breaking Youtube Orchestra under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in Sydney, Australia, performing concerts in the iconic Sydney Opera House. Julia is also versed in the chamber orchestra scene performing and releasing a CD in England with the Aldeburgh Strings lead by concertmaster Markus Däunert, as well as playing associate principal cellist of Boston's Discovery Ensemble from 2012-14.
Julia is passionate about performing music in diverse settings with multi-faceted contexts. In Miami Beach, she was c0-director of Impromptu, a collaboration between art forms, bringing together musicians from the New World Symphony for monthly performances at the Art Center of South Florida. She is also supporter, frequent performer and collaborator with Groupmuse– was featured for her string quartet performance by the NYTimes.
Julia is grateful to her dedicated teachers and pedagogues. She finished her Masters of Music degree at the New England Conservatory where she found much inspiration in her teacher Laurence Lesser. Other unforgettable influences include her professor at Northwestern University, Hans Jorgen Jensen, and her teachers during pre-college years, Florida State University professors Lubomir Georgiev and Gregory Sauer.