Mid-Texas Symphony Guest Artists
Daniel Anastasio, piano
An active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in New York City, Daniel Anastasio is a multi-faceted artist whose “technical prowess and emotional sensitivity” is imbued with an intellectual curiosity (Rivard Report). A finalist in the Cornell University and Juilliard concerto competitions, and winner of the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition in 2011. Anastasio was invited to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under Leon Fleisher, a performance described as “the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house standing ovation were any indication” (ECM reviews).
While attending Julliard for his Master’s degree, Anastasio was a finalist in the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and a winner of the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. At Cornell University, he was a two-time winner of the Adelson Prize for Outstanding Work in Instrumental Performance. As a chamber musician, he has recently performed at Cornell University’s Mayfest, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Century, Music Academy of the West, and continues to collaborate with cellist and Astral Artist Christine Lamprea.
proponent of outreach, he is a member of Bridge Arts Ensemble, which offers performances and clinics at public schools in the greater New York area. With his wife, pianist Erika Dohi, Anastasio co-directs BLUEPRINTS, a piano series in New York City that presents traditional, classical works alongside contemporary, jazz, and free improvisation. He is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, where he studies with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.
Charles Yang, violin
Described by the Boston Globe as one who "plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star", Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own "Charles Yang Day". In 2016 Mr. Yang joined the crossover string-band, Time for Three.
Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang's improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists in such festivals as The Aspen Music Festival, The Cayman Arts Festival, The YouTube Music Awards, The Moab Music Festival, TED, Caramoor, The EG Conference, Oncue Conference, Google Zeitgeist, YouTube Space Los Angeles, Interlochen, and onstage at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, David H. Koch Theater, Dizzy’s and David Rubinstein Atrium; The Long Center, The Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing among many others. He has performed in the presence of two former US Presidents, the Queen of Denmark and has recently shared the stage in collaborations with artists including 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. His career has been followed by various news media including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Playbill, The Boston Globe, Fortissimo, The Financial Times, The Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Shenzhen Daily, The Strad, Dallas Daily, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Juilliard Journal. Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo's book, Driven as well as Discovery Channel's Curiosity.
Regarding Mr. Yang, The Texas Observer has 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. Rather than maintaining an insular focus and simply assuming that an audience for classical music will always exist, he wants to actively create that audience, to persuade and seduce others into enjoying a type of music as passionately as he does.”