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Josephine Yang



Outreach Director, piano

Josephine has performed with 5th Wave since 2019, and joined the Board of Directors in 2020. 

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About Josephine

Josephine Yang performs internationally as a soloist and collaborator and is proud to be the Outreach Director of 5th Wave Collective. She received the Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2016 under the direction of world-renowned concert pianist Daniel Pollack at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and also studied extensively with Dr. Baruch Meir. Comfortable in diverse settings, her performance scope ranges from the traditional concert hall to rock/pop concerts and festivals, from the Ravinia Festival to the most intimate spaces.

Since her middle school years, Josephine has performed regularly with numerous orchestras around her home state of Arizona and has been presented in Italy as a soloist with Solisti di Perugia Orchestra and with the orchestra in residence at Music Fest Perugia in Perugia’s historic Basilica di San Pietro, and she also performed Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto with Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora in Mexico. 

An avid collaborator and soloist, Josephine has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony, Classical Revolution Chicago, 5th Wave Collective, and many young artists in recitals and competitions. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall collaborative debut in November 2016 with cellist Miriam Smith, who was also her private piano student. 

Josephine is a passionate teacher with a vibrant and beloved studio, who sees teaching as an essential expression of her beliefs and musicianship. She uses her social media platforms (instagram: @yangandfree ; Facebook: Josephine Yang, musician ; TikTok: @josephineyangmusic ) to continue that education by promoting womxn composers and documenting her artistic processes. 

A recipient of the National Merit Scholarship, Josephine attained the distinct honor of valedictorian of her class at Desert Vista High School. She also performs on violin and has collaborated with many musicians in orchestras and chamber groups in the United States. She holds the title of Miss Phoenix Chinese 2011, as the first person of Taiwanese descent to win the crown. Josephine resides in Chicago with her fiancé and constant inspiration and collaborator: actor/singer Koray Tarhan, and their two rescued dogs, Bella and Luna. 

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