Jing Yang, “Daugh­ter of Kulangsu”

The world-renowned vi­o­list and vi­o­lin­ist Jing Yang is the newest star in a con­stel­la­tion of glob­al­ly fa­mous clas­si­cal mu­si­cians from Ku­lang­su. It is here on our idyl­lic is­land that Jing first be­gan to shape her trade­mark style. She grad­u­at­ed from the Xi­a­men Mu­sic School and joined the Xi­a­men Phil­har­mon­ic Or­ches­tra at age 15. At the age of 17, Jing left Ku­lang­su for the Shang­hai Con­ser­va­to­ry of Mu­sic. At age 21, she was ac­cept­ed by the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Mu­sic in Lon­don. She then earned a sec­ond mas­ter of art de­gree from the Mozar­teum in Salzburg. At just 26 years old, Jing was named as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal vi­o­list of the Frank­furt Ra­dio Sym­pho­ny Or­ches­tra. Pri­or to this, she had served as vi­o­la prin­ci­pal of Cam­er­a­ta Salzburg, World Youth Sym­pho­ny Or­ches­tra of Italy and the Lon­don Soloists Cham­ber Or­ches­tra. In 2012, Jing re­turned to her na­tive Xi­a­men, where she be­came pro­fes­sor of mu­sic at Xi­a­men University.

In 2016 and 2017, she moved back to Ku­lang­su and be­gan play­ing reg­u­lar con­certs at the 600-seat Gu­langyu Con­cert Hall, in­clud­ing four sold-out per­for­mances of “Jing & Friends: Love Songs from the World to Kulangsu.”

Yang Jing has per­formed in more than 20 coun­tries in four con­ti­nents. She has won many awards at a va­ri­ety of world vi­o­lin and vi­o­la com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing first prize at the Al­thur Bliss Works Com­pe­ti­tion in Eng­land, sec­ond prize at the Bo­densee In­ter­na­tion­al Vi­o­la Com­pe­ti­tion in Ger­many, sec­ond prize at the Li­onel Ter­tis Vi­o­la Com­pe­ti­tion in Aus­tria, and sec­ond prize at the Bled Vi­o­la In­ter­na­tion­al Com­pe­ti­tion in Slovenia.

Yang Jing is now in the process of found­ing the Ku­lang­su Acad­e­my of Mu­sic, a new mu­sic school on Ku­lang­su whose goal is to be­come one of the world’s pre­mier prepara­to­ry clas­si­cal mu­sic institutions.

Yang Jing lives on Ku­lang­su. You can fol­low her on Face­book and In­sta­gram, and watch the video of her per­for­mance of Li Zil­i’s “Peace Con­cer­to” for five-string so­pra­no vi­o­la and or­ches­tra, with the Xi­a­men Phil­har­mon­ic in hon­or of BRICS on Au­gust 25, 2017, on YouTube here.