Ann YeungProfessor of Harp and Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs
B.M. (highest distinction with honors), M.M., Performer's Certificate, Artist Diploma, and D.Mus.; Indiana University School of Music
Known for her bold artistry and diverse repertoire, Ann Yeung is recognized as one of the leading teachers and harpists of her generation throughout the world. She has performed in festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, judged international harp competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America, and enjoys a multi-faceted career. She has won top international prizes (France, Japan) and numerous national harp solo competitions. “A dynamic performer with considerable flair” – Harp Column, her performances have been described as “splendid and cast a powerful spell” - New York Concert Review.
She is the only person to simultaneously receive first prizes in the two highest divisions of the American Harp Society National Competition as well as the Prix Renié. As a winner of Artists International, she premiered her transcription of the Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall in 1999, the first known performance of the complete work on the harp. Dedicated to the expansion of the repertoire, She has premiered numerous compositions, including multi-media works. She has made recordings for the Innova, Fons, Albany, and Cadenza labels including the critically acclaimed Voyage: American Works for Flute and Harp as part of the Aletheia Duo with Jonathan Keeble (“A spectacular pairing” – Harp Column; “achingly beautiful.” – American Record Guide).
Recent activities included a world premiere at the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, BC, a second Aletheia Duo recording, Song of the Black Swan: Works Inspired by Nature ("... the sound is marvelous. It particularly suits the Debussy; this is my new favorite recording." - American Record Guide), collaborating with Chungliang Al Huang for his The Tao of Bach project with eDream and NCSA, and performances at the Les muséiques festival in Switzerland and the LakeComo festival in Italy.
She is Editor of the World Harp Congress Review since 2002 and the author of articles and reviews, which are published internationally in the World Harp Congress Review, The American Harp Journal, Association International des Harpistes et Amis de la Harpe, United Kingdom Harpists Association, The American Liszt Society Newsletter, and American String Teacher. She is a contributing author for the American String Teachers Association book, A Harp in the Schools: Guide for School Ensemble Directors and Harpists. She is considered an authority on the works of Henriette Renié. Previously having served as Second Vice-President of the American Harp Society and as Co-Chair of the 2012 American Harp Society 50th Anniversary Commission Project Committee, she currently serves on the Boards of the World Harp Congress and the American Harp Society.
A sought-after teacher, she has given master classes at renowned institutions, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Shanghai Conservatory. She has also given lectures and presentations at festivals and venues throughout the world. Her students have won international and national first prizes, published significant editions and articles, and have been appointed to faculty and principal orchestra positions worldwide. Recognized for her exceptional ability to foster individual creativity and artistry in her students, Dr. Yeung notes that her goal is to provide an innovative and comprehensive education that will help her students reach their potential as musicians and artists. She is the Founder and Director of the highly successful Illinois Summer Harp Class (iSHC).