Charles “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star” (Boston Globe). He began his violin studies with his mother, and continued them 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, Marcelo Gomes, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland and Jon Batiste.
Charles has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Cayman Arts, Oncue Conference, YouTube Music Awards, Moab Music Festival, TED, Caramoor, EG Conference, Google Zeitgeist, YouTube Space Los Angeles, Interlochen, and onstage at venues such as Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, Metropolitan Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Long Center, Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing. 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.
Charles is featured in Nick Romeo's book Driven, on the Discovery Channel's Curiosity and has been covered in media including The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Playbill, Fortissimo, Financial Times, Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Shenzhen Daily, The Strad, Dallas Daily, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Juilliard Journal. 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.”
Charles endorses NS Design Electric Violins.
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