Kelvin Ying


Pianist Kelvin Ying is thrilled to join Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program for the 2019-2020 season. He will serve as the pianist for the fall educational outreach tour of Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears and the rehearsal pianist for spring productions of La Cenerentola and Aïda.

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Kelvin earned his BM in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After a 2014 conducting workshop on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Maestro Mark Gibson, he organized several concerts in the Twin Cities area with local student musicians, conducting semi-staged performances of Menotti’s The Telephone and Donizetti’s Il campanello. He later earned his MM in collaborative piano from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, where he served as a rehearsal pianist, coach, and assistant conductor for university productions of Ward’s The Crucible, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Shearer’s Middlemarch in Spring, as well as the pianist and coach for the undergraduate opera scenes program. He also assisted Knoxville Opera as the pianist for outreach performances of Puccini’s Turandot and the backstage conductor for mainstage productions of Verdi’s Aïda.

Kelvin joined Pensacola Opera as an Artist-in-Residence for the 2018-2019 season, where he worked on mainstage productions of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein classics. In addition, he played for an outreach tour of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, reaching 45 schools and more than 16,000 students.

Additional studies include a summer in Arezzo, Italy as a collaborative piano fellow with Oberlin in Italy, working on Handel’s Ariodante with Miah Im. He has also attended several conducting workshops with Maestro Jonathan Brett in St. Petersburg, Russia and Radom, Poland. His primary teachers include Dr. Kevin Class, Martha Fischer, and Todd Welbourne.