TROY - Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, assistant professor of piano and coordinator of piano activities in Troy University's John M. Long School of Music, has been named as an official Steinway Artist.
Steinway and Sons has cultivated relationships with pianists from every genre and has named close to 1,600 official Steinway Artists worldwide. Artists such as classical pianist Lang Lang, jazz pianist Diana Krall, pop icons Billy Joel and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein have worn the mantle of Steinway Artist.
Steinway Artists must go through a lengthy application process and satisfy three main criteria: have musical ability and recording history, be a currently performing pianist and be a purchaser and owner of their own personal Steinway piano, said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of TROY's College of Communication and Fine Arts.
"Being a Steinway Artist is a dream for many pianists," Dr. Blocher said. "It is a tremendous honor to be among the 1,600 Steinway Artists in the world, and it is a tremendous asset to have a Steinway Artist on our faculty. We are so fortunate to have Hui-Ting in our TROY family."
Dr. Yang said she was extremely honored to be added to the roster of Steinway Artists.
"The Steinway Artist is an international recognition for pianist in association with Steinway Piano," Dr. Yang said. "The Steinway Piano is the standard of excellence for pianos, so the Steinway Artist is the standard of excellence for pianists. I'm thrilled and honored to be among the 1,600 pianists in the world that are Steinway Artist."
Dr. Yang's profile is included on the company's Steinway Artists website. As a Steinway Artist, she enjoys certainly privileges regardless of where she might be performing.
"Once you are a Steinway Artist your name is on their roster. If I have a performance anywhere in the world, you can contact the company and they will make arrangements through local dealers to have a Steinway piano available for your performance," she said.
As an active performer, Dr. Yang has performed throughout the Czech Republic, Korea, Taiwan and the United States. She received the Doctor of Music in collaborative/chamber music and the Master of Music in accompanying from Florida State University, the Master of Music in piano performance from Ohio University and the bachelor's degree in music education from Taipei Municipal Teachers' College.
Last March, Troy University formally announced a campaign to become an All-Steinway University. The University will celebrate this achievement during a ceremony later this month.