Kit Young lived in Bangkok as a child and studied the Thai ranat and saw-u for a year at Silpakorn University. Since 1987, she has investigated and performed the Burmese sandaya: Burmese traditional music styles on the piano. Ms. Young pursued a career involving solo and chamber piano performance, teaching, improvisation in ensembles, writing, and other musical interests while living in Thailand, Malaysia, Burma and China from 1992 to 2012. Ms. Young taught on the piano faculty of Thai universities Sri Nakarin Wirot and Payap, and founded and directed the Lanna Chamber Music Festival in Chiang Mai with Thai colleagues. She recorded two cd’s: TRI,violin and piano music of composers in Thailand with Nora-ath Chanklum, and Akhanee Kita, improvisations with Nop Sotthibhandu. In 2003, while living in Myanmar, Ms. Young founded the Gitameit Music Center with Burmese colleagues (www.gitameit.com), a community music school with campuses in Yangon and Mandalay.
She collaborated with Wu Na, prize-winning gu qin player on many concerts held in Beijing and Hang Zhou from 2009 to 2014. Her music for theater, Nya La Ka, Monsters of Inya Lake, Sandaya: Burmese Lessons, Visits with San Oo and On Loan has been performed internationally. Ms. Young holds degrees in piano performance from Bennington College, New England Conservatory and studied performance at the doctoral level at the University of Michigan and Peabody Conservatory.
Gitameit Music Center