Wen-Sinn Yang (Violoncello)


"Wen-Sinn Yang proved himself in terms of technique and expression as a worthy successor to Mstislav Rostropovich," wrote the critic of the Frankfurter Rundschau in 1995 about Wen-Sinn Yang’s performance of Dimitrij Schostakovitch’s First Cello Concerto in the Alte Oper Frankfurt.


Cellist Wen-Sinn Yang, born in 1965 in Bern, Switzrland as the son of Taiwanese parents, studied in Zürich with Claude Starck and in Berlin with Wolfgang Boettcher, later participating in master classes with Janos Starker and David Geringas. At the age of 24, Yang was engaged as principal solo cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio.


Since winning first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1991, he has appeared in the most important concert halls of Europe and Asia with such renowned conductors as Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yuri Terminkanov and Semyon Bychkov. Additionally, Wen-Sinn Yang is a regular guest at the international music festivals in St. Moritz, Davos, Biel, and Dresden, as well as at the Weilberg and Ludwigsburg Castle Festivals.


Wen-Sinn Yang has appeared on a number of occasions as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio under the direction of Lorin Maazel. He played the solo part in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote in Munich and on tour in Japan, as well as the European premiere of the cello Concert Music for Cello and Orchestra by Lorin Maazel on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bavarian Radio’s „Musica Viva“ concert series. Of this concert, the Munich daily AZ wrote: “Lively music that made a more expressive, intensive impression in Munich with Wen-Sinn Yang than it did at its premiere in Pittsburgh with Rostropovich.“ Further performances followed in the USA (Atlanta, opening concert of the „Cultural Olympics“), Italy, and Spain. In December 1997 Yang is to premiere a cello concerto by Kevin Volans in the Bavarian Radio’s „Musica Viva“ concert series in Munich.


Yang’s broad repertoire is documented on a number of CD recordings for labels like Nimbus Records, Koch Schwann, Tudor, Harmonia Mundi, Arts Music, Telos Records andf Ambitus. The cello concertos of Schumann and Dvorak were released by Sonoris Records New York. For La Vergne Classics he recorded, besides the Solo Suites by J.S.Bach, the first two cello concertos by Carl Davidoff and the Rococo Variations by Piotr Tchaikovsky with the Latvian State Symphony Orchestra, Riga. Four cello concerts from Luigi Boccherini will publish the label Arts Music, in autumn 1999, as CD and DVD.


Wen-Sinn Yang also enjoys an excellent reputation as a pedagogue. Since 1995 he has taught at Saarbrücken College of Music, and given courses in Germany and Switzerland.