performers

Yang Bao

Yang Bao

Yang Bao (b. 1991) is a New York-based pianist, composer and installation artist who works in sound sculpture, live performance, composition and video. Driven by his concept of "Infinity Music,” Bao creates large stainless-steel sound sculptures where his compositions multiply and evolve based on time and chance, transforming landscapes and architectures into spatial soundscapes. With his versatile artistry and interdisciplinary creativity, he visualizes his music through physical forms, creating an experiential synthesis of the arts.

Yang Bao has been awarded the Maria Manetti Shrem Composer Prize and recognized as the "Most Influential Young Artists" by Forbes China and the "Young Artist of the Year" by Robb Report. His works have been collected and exhibited by prestigious art institutions, including “Hyperdrive” (The Donum Estate, California, 2022), “Soundmass” (TANK Shanghai, 2021), “Hear A Century Ahead” (Former British Consulate, Shanghai, 2021), “Savage Confessions” (Goethe-Institut, Boston, 2022), and “Late Night Savage” (Cc Foundation, Shanghai, 2021). He has been commissioned by Dior and Louis XIII, among other international brands, for sound sculptures and compositions. His works are frequently featured on Apple Music, such as his video “Dualism” for Kaija Saariaho and Jennifer Koh’s “Graal Theatre,” and his soundtrack “The Kitty Knight” for feature film I Am What I Am. As a classical pianist trained at The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory of Music, he frequently performs at renowned venues and festivals, such as National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Festival Napa Valley in California, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Lincoln Center in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston. His recent classical concerts include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (China Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Season).

Performances

Thursday, July 11 | 6:00 PM
Founders Dinner
at The Donum Estate

Invitation Only
Art, beauty, food, and wine unite at the annual Founders Dinner, hosted this year by Allan and Mei Warburg at The Donum Estate. The evening is a tribute to the visionaries and patrons whose support launched Festival Napa Valley in 2006, and to major supporters of the 2024 season.

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Friday, July 12 | 6:30 PM
Uytengsu Family Opening Night

Festival Napa Valley kicks off its 18th summer season in grand style with a concert featuring a world premiere and three internationally renowned stars. South African soprano Pretty Yende, who sang at the coronation of King Charles III last year, joins tenor Jonathan Tetelman to perform a selection of favorite opera arias and duets under the baton of Maestro Carlo Montanaro. Sol by composer Yang Bao, who captivated audiences at the Festival last summer, opens the program as an Opus One Premiere.

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