Described as "expressive and sensitivity infused", Dorothy is a New York-based pianist, improviser and educator. She began her piano studies at the age of four, and has performed in Asia, America and Europe as a solo artist and a chamber music player. Dorothy performs a wide variety of styles ranging from Baroque to contemporary Classical with chamber ensembles such as the Zafron Trio, kla, ensemble mise-en, and InnoVox. Dorothy's past performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), (le) Poisson Rouge (New York, USA), Bösendorfer Saal (Vienna, Austria), BEXCO (Busan, Korea), Kapellet Produktion (Stockholm, Sweden), and has performed at festivals such as Moving Sounds Festival (New York, USA), Gaida Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania), and the Arena Festival (Riga, Latvia).
A new-music advocate, Dorothy explores experimental repertoire and new sounds on the piano and the toy piano, and enjoys promoting and collaborating with composers worldwide for new projects and premieres. She has premiered and performed works by Wolfgang Mitterer, Karlheinz Essl, Reiko Füting, Jane O'Leary, and Christopher Biggs, amongst more.
Lucy is a solo and collaborative pianist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher based in New York City. She draws from a rich repertoire ranging from a reinterpretation of Bach’s Cantatas “In Allen Meinen Taten”, to commissioning works with electronics, prepared piano, and projection. She began piano lessons at the age of 4, where she developed a passion for classical music. Recent performance highlights include interdisciplinary project with theater, poetry, music, and improvisation with the Collaborative Arts Ensemble to reinterpret the music of Bach, and as part of the Ambient Orchestra that helped bring David Bowie’s music to life in a collaboration with Evan Ziporyn and Maya Beiser.
As a pianist, Ms. Yao is an active performer in NYC, Boston, Copenhagen, as well as projects throughout Europe. Ms. Yao’s performances have led her from the Chopin Festival in Naleczow, Poland, a renovated cathedral-music venue in Copenhagen, to the Contemporary Opera Ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, and she seeks to push performances outside of the concert hall. As an activist, she has organized benefit concerts for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), American Lung Cancer Foundation at her alma mater, Western Michigan University, as well as in venues throughout Denmark, France, New York City, and Boston. She is the founder of a contemporary collective based in NYC, Strangers in a Room, which gives voice to forgotten women in history. In her solo repertoire, she programs her concerts with a classical and contemporary repertoire because she believes that Classical music deserves a new context to thrive in. Lucy has held collaborative pianist positions at the Interlochen Academy of the Arts, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music. Lucy holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Western Michigan University. Future work and performances can be found at https://lucy-yao.com.