Jonathan Jun Yang (杨隽)
Scholar 2011 -2013
Studying at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong, 11-year-old Jonathan started learning the piano at the age of four and now studies under the tutelage of pianist and composer Julie Kuok. He also plays the violin and is a student of the Junior Music Program at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has obtained ABRSM Grade 8 with distinction in both piano and violin, and has won a number of First Prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival competitions.
In 2011, Jonathan was selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Under this program, he travels to different places around the world and performs with Lang Lang and his other young scholars. Amongst the various outreach and fund raising programs, Jonathan has performed in (i) the inauguration ceremony of the First Initiative Foundation in Hong Kong with singer Eason Chan in August 2011, (ii) the “Lang Lang and Friends!” concert in London in September 2011, (iii) the opening ceremony of Lang Lang Music World in Shenzhen in January 2012, (iv) “An Encounter with the French Masters” at Hong Kong City Hall in March 2012, (v) public concerts at the International Music Summit as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra and for chamber music with Midwest Young Artists at Millennium Park, Chicago, in August 2012, and (vi) the “Spring Together Concert” with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at its fund raising concert at Hong Kong Cultural Center in February 2013. On June 3, 2013, Jonathan had his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York at the Lang Lang Foundation’s First Gala Evening, and performed at the Asia Society & Museum in Manhattan and Ritz Carlton salon on Central Park South in the following two days. He is now scheduled to perform in the HK! HK! Press Conference organized by the First Initiative Foundation on June 24, the Yes! I Can Recital organized by the Radio Television Hong Kong on June 30, and the International Music Summit in Chicago jointly organized by the Lang Lang Foundation and the Midwest Young Artists in August 2013.
Apart from music, Jonathan is a keen sportsman. He represents his school and the Ladies Recreation Club in Hong Kong and abroad in multiple sports events, including swimming, athletics, biathlon, cross-country, hockey and rounders. He is a member of the Club’s Junior Elite Team for swimming and has won a number of individual and team awards in open competitions, including 1st Runner-Up, 7-8 years old, at the Indian Ocean All-Stars Challenge, a pan-Asia swim meet in Perth, Australia in 2010, and 1st Runner-Up for Boys 10 years and under at the Hong Kong Island Stingrays Swim Meet in 2012 in which over 500 swimmers from 16 international schools and swimming clubs from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and the Philippines attended. In 2010 and 2012, Jonathan was awarded the Convenor’s Trophy by the Ladies Recreation Club, which was awarded to swimmer 10 & under who has been outstanding in competition, dedicated to training, sets an example for others to follow and is a top performer for the year.
Jonathan has a true passion in the literary arts outside his various musical pursuits and other training. He is an avid reader who has translated enjoyment of the stories he has read into engaging tales of his own. He has written his third novel based on the characters of the stories he has read. His characterization and expression have thrived in the fantasy stories he has written which also draw upon the interest and knowledge he has in the world. He has a good command of atmosphere and can weave a plot that grips readers. He would like to publish some of his stories one day.
Jonathan feels honored and delighted to be selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang Foundation, and will treasure the opportunity to contribute to the society by helping to bring classical music to other children around the world.