Charles “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star” (Boston Globe). Recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award he began violin studies with his mother, and went on to work with Kurt Sassmannshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow at Juilliard. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan.
Charles’ improvisational cross-over abilities on violin, electric violin, and as a vocalist and composer have led him to join the acclaimed ensemble Time for Three and to collaborations with artists such as Peter Dugan, CDZA, Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young, Jake Shimabukuro, Ray Benson, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Savion Glover, Marcelo Gomes, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland and Jon Batiste.
Charles has appeared at festivals including, Aspen, Schleswig- Holstein, Crested Butte, Moab, Cayman Arts, The YouTube Music Awards, Moab, TED, Caramoor, EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist and Interlochen. Recently he made his solo debut with Marin Alsop and The Chicago Symphony at The Ravinia Festival. Charles has been a frequent guest on the EMMY Award winning NPR show From the Top and has performed for two former US Presidents, and the Queen of Denmark. He is featured in Nick Romeo's book Driven, on the Discovery Channel's Curiosity .The Texas Observer noted, “Mr. Yang is a true crossover artist, a pioneer who can hop between classical and popular music and bring fresh ideas to fans of both genres.”