Born into a musical family, Yang Yang began learning the piano when he was very young. He entered the Central Conservatory’s Middle School at the age of 12 under the guidance of pianist and educator Li Qifang. He won an award at the First Beijing Piano Competition when he was 13, playing the Beethoven’s piano concerto with the local symphony orchestra. He then studied conducting with the conductor Xu Xin and Professor Wu Lingfen. In 1996, he entered the Central Conservatory to study with the conductor Prof. Yu Feng. During this time, he received instructions and high praises from maestro Zubin Metha, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. In the year 2000, he graduated from the Central Conservatory with the highest score ever.
Yang Yang has become one of the most active young conductors in China and cooperated with some of the world-class musicians, namely:Sabine Meyer,Cho-Liang Lin, Renaud Capuçon,Kun Woo Paik and Denis Matsuyev. He has been invited to conduct many first class orchestras in Mainland China as well as in Hong Kong and Macao such as China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, orchestra of the National Ballet, China Youth Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Macao Chamber Orchestra, China Opera and Ballet Theater Troupe, Shanghai Opera House.
As a talented young conductor, besides his precise interpretation of classic works, Yang Yang has a unique approach to handle the contemporary works. This has made his interpretation of music profound and convincing. Under Yang Yang’s baton, the China Philharmonic Orchestra presented a concert for the world debut of Mr. John Sharply’s Zheng Concerto with zheng soloist Mei Han and the China debut of Maestro Minoru Miki’s Pipa Concerto with pipa soloist Yang Jing in March 2003. Yang Yang worked with Mr. Lin Zhaohua, a renowned stage director, in a new production of Guo Wenjing’s operas Ye Yan,/The Night Banquet and Wolf Cub Village on the 6th Beijing Music Festival in last October