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Chetham’s student – Present

“Chetham's is the place to be for anyone who loves music and is ready to pursue it for a career. Its friendly environment, high standard of teaching, and offerings of exclusive and unique opportunities contribute to the magnificence of the School. I, as well as my schoolmates, have been happy at and proud of being here.”

“Composition helps your performing career in terms of musicianship, creativity and most importantly, your enjoyment of music. For me, it's as important to compose as it is to play, just as many of the greatest performers and composers have found.”

Born in Edinburgh in 1997 before moving to Leeds, Yuanfan Yang began playing the piano aged 6 and went on to pass the ABRSM Grade 8 with distinction at the age of 8, after which he gained the DipABRSM diploma aged 10. Yuanfan currently studies with Murray McLachlan at Chetham’s School of Music.

Yuanfan has won first prizes in a number of competitions including the 2010 RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (under 19 category), 2009 Manchester International Piano Competition for Young Pianists (age 16 and under category), 2009 Chetham’s Yamaha Piano Competition and the 2009 Ryszard Bakst Chopin Prize (junior division). In the 2010 BBC Young Musician competition, Yuanfan was awarded the Walter Todds Bursary and in the same year he won the overall prize at the EPTA UK Piano Competition.

Yuanfan is also a prolific composer and he currently studies composition with Jeremy Pike at Chetham’s School of Music. His Fantasy in G for piano was broadcast on BBC 2 (2008) and his arrangement of Scarborough Fair was premiered in the Keyboard Final of BBC Young Musician 2010 and won the first of his category in the 2010 EPTA UK Composition Competition. His own Piano Concerto in E flat minor was first performed at the Composers’ Concert of Chetham’s in June 2010. Yuanfan’s piano composition Waves won his category first prize and the Overall Award in the EPTA UK Composition Competition 2011. This piece also won Highly Commended in the BBC Proms Composers’ Competition 2011 and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His new piece The Haunted Bell won first prize in the Junior Category of the Golden Key International Piano Composition Competition in January 2012.