Nineteen-year-old Joyce Yang seeks anonymity


The youngest competitor at the 2005 Van Cliburn piano competition, and winner of the silver medal, 19-year-old South Korean Joyce Yang wants her music to take central stage, not her:

“I think the best performance is when people don’t even know I’m there, when the connection between music and the audience is so intense that the performer doesn’t exist,” says Yang, this year’s youngest competitor. “When I’m playing, that’s the highest goal for me. This is what it’s supposed to be like, (knowing) what the music is about, rather than remembering who I am. When I touch them by music, it’s something so indescribably beautiful, a heart to heart.”

Joyce, who now lives in the United States and performs across the country, talks about the competition and her relationship with the audiences she plays in front of in this interview.

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