Admired as an exciting performer and piano teacher, Dr. Yang Ding, a native of China, is a prizewinner in main piano competitions.
He won the top prizes at Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, as well as New York Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. In addition, he is a prizewinner of New York Five Towns Young Musician Competition, Kansas City Musical Club competition, the Isabel Scionti Piano Scholarship Competition, Hong Kong Chinese Piano Works Piano Competition, and the Dallas International Piano Competition.
As a solo performer, Dr. Ding has performed throughout the U.S., Korea, and China. The venues have included Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Hewlett Woodmere Public Library, New York, Thayer Hall in Los Angeles, Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose, California, Crighton Theatre, Caruth Hall, Voertman Hall, Texas, Cincinnati Arts Museum, Werner Hall and Corbetter Auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, Grant Hall and White Recital Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, Tsuen Wan Town Hall in Hong Kong, and Seoul Arts Center, Korea. Dr. Ding was invited twice by the internationally-renowned Maestro Vladimir Feltsman to his Piano Summer festival at SUNY New Paltz. As a chamber musician, he has been working with the leading musicians frequently, like the first flute Han Guoliang from China Symphony Orchestra, the first viola Xu Wenbo from NDR Symphony Orchestra, the former first clarinet Massimo Mazzone from Teatro alla Scala, the former flute member Wolfgang Siggemann of Berliner Philharmoniker, etc. Dr. Ding has been invited twice to give recitals in Piano Summer International Piano Festival funded by Russian Piano Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.
Dr. Ding had a series of recitals in both China and U.S. universities and conservatories as the visiting artist, such as University of Cincinnati, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Pittsburg State University, Northern Illinois University, Wright State University, Capital University, Texas Women University, SUNY New Paltz, Indiana State University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shanghai East China Normal University, and Capital Normal University in Beijing etc.
Dr. Ding is frequently invited to judge piano competitions, include the Hamamatsu PIARA Piano Competition final in China, the Steinway International Piano Competition Prescreening audition in China, US Open Piano Competition in China, the Brandenburg International Piano Competition China Prescreening audition, etc. Cincinnati Enquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the Tribune Star, Denton Time, WTHI-TV 10 of CBS/FOX, China Central Television (CCTV), and other Chinese main media all had interviews and the reports on his achievements. Base on his achievement in music, he was awarded the Honorary Citizen by Texas Councilman Tom Hayden in 2013.
Now Dr. Ding is a piano faculty at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University Of North Texas, the Master of Music from University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the Bachelor of Music at Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. Major teachers include Pamela Mia Paul, Robert Weirich, Eugene Pridonoff, Rosemary Platt and Yuanji Fan.