GY Duo, formed in 2018 in London, is a collaboration between two internationally award-winning young musicians: cellist Sarah Gait and pianist Yuanfan Yang.
Both graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, GY Duo are also prize-winning composers and have worked in the fields of jazz and improvisation as well as classical. Sarah and Yuanfan have made many appearances on BBC Radio 3 and BBC television, while featuring in publications including Classical Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine.
Since its formation, GY Duo has performed at venues across London and the UK, including (most recently) at St James Paddington and St Mary's Perivale. The duo perform appealing and inventive programmes, often pairing familiar works for their instruments with new commissions and hidden gems. Recital programmes bring an individual flavour, often concluding with the duo's own arrangements of Gershwin, jazz and even rock songs, along with live improvisation, for which both musicians have a special affinity.
GY Duo were recently awarded a generous grant from RVW Trust to support the commission from Brazilian composer Rafael Marino Arcaro of a new major work for cello and piano, to be recorded this season.
Yuanfan Yang - Pianist
After rising to fame as Keyboard Winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Yuanfan Yang has more recently emerged as a competition winner on the international stage. He was most recently named one of the winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, also receiving the Special Prize for Best British Contestant. He has won many more international competitions including the Prix Animato Tarnow Competition, Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition and the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Weimar. Yuanfan has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His debut album Watercolour was released in September 2017 on Orchid Classics to critical acclaim, including 4* from International Piano Magazine.