American organist to hold recital in Kuching


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 28 Dec 2017

AMERICAN organist Janet Yieh will give a recital at St Thomas’ Cathedral in Kuching next week as part of her Asian concert tour, which will also see her performing in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

For the recital here, Yieh will play classical pieces Now Thank We All Our God from Cantata 79 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Pieces de Fantaisie by Louis Vierne, as well as her own composition Taiwanese Fantasy.

Yieh graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music in 2015 and Yale University School of Music with a Master of Music in Organ Performance this year.

She is now pursuing a Master of Musical Arts degree with Prof Thomas Murray at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music.

Yieh serves as organ scholar at Christ Church, New Haven, and organist and choral conductor at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Her former posts include organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven and assistant organist at Trinity Church on Wall Street, New York.

Yieh was named by French classical music magazine Diapason as one of its “20 under 30” this year.

In 2015 she won the Franciscan Monastery and DC AGO young organist competition and the Northern Virginia Quimby competition.

In the United States, Yieh has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center concert hall, the Cathedral of St John the Divine and St Thomas Church, all in New York, as well as Washington National Cathedral, Harvard University and Yale University.

She has also performed at Aletheia Univer-sity in Taiwan, St Agnes Cathedral in Kyoto and Momoyama University in Osaka, Japan.

A pianist from age four and violinist from seven, Yieh began organ lessons at 11. She is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and a certified colleague of the American Guild of Organists.

Her concert here will take place on Jan 6 at 8pm. Tickets priced at RM10 each are available from St Thomas’ Cathedral’s parish office (082-242 625), Evelyn Lim (016-869 0480) or Clara Voon (012-889 9739).


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