Each year the Florida Keys Concert Association presents a “Rising Star” in the classical music field. Meet Pianist Youlan Ji, born in 1999 in Beijing, China. At the age of four, she began studying the piano with her mother, and between the ages of nine and twelve, continued her piano studies with Professor Yuan Ling at the Affiliated Middle School of Central Conservatory of Music at Beijing. In 2012, Youlan moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she continues to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Youlan has won first prizes at the Xinghai Cup Piano Competition (2008), the United States Open Music Competition (2011), the Third International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (2011), the Beethoven Piano Concerto Competition (2014) and the Nordmann Scholarship Competition (2016) hosted by the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and third prize at the Cliburn International Junior Competition (2015). In 2018, Youlan became the Joyce B. Cowan First Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition. Youlan has been featured in recitals in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Aspen, Washington D.C., and Amsterdam, and has attended master classes with Orli Shaham, Dina Yoffe, Dang Thai Son, Arie Vardi, and Murray Perahia.
She has performed the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with Juilliard’s Pre-College Orchestra as the winner of its concerto competition.
In the fall of 2018, Youlan began her Bachelor of Music degree studies at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.