In the summer of 2013 a unique collaboration was begun between Yi and established British artist Chris Gollon. The outcome is an extraordinary work of art and music and an in-depth look at the relationship between colour, music, rhythm and rhyme in both art forms.

"And it came to Pass" is a 40ft artistic and musical work in eight 5ft panels, encompassing the Seven Ages of Man.

The work was jointly created by both artists: Chris Gollon painted a panel and discussed it with Yi Yao who then composed a piece of music inspired by what she saw and heard. Chris then took the music to revisit his art and to create the next panel, and Yi did the same for her composition. This two-way traffic of musical and artistic inspiration occurred eight times, once for each panel. The result is both a painting and a 30 minute musical suite: but each is also an integral part of the other. The work is a fusion of the two art forms that subtly interplay with each other to create a greater whole.

The work will be performed for the first time on June 10th in central London, and will be performed twice each evening at the Henley Festival, 9th-13th July 2014.

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Past Concerts

Royal Academy of Music

Date: June 2018

In June 2018 Yi Yao will be the external examiner for postgraduate Accordion students at the Royal Academy of Music.


Date: 20 February 2018

Yi Yao, together with the Tangissimo Ensemble will be playing a programme of Astor Piazzolla Tangos at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.


Date: Saturday 11th February 2017, 7.30pm Venue to be advised

Yi Yao together with the Tangissimo ensemble will be playing an exciting programme of Astor Piazzolla tangos.

Yi Yao and Ching Ching Lim

Date: May 12th/13th 2017, 7.30pm. Venue to be advised

Yi Yao and her pianist Ching Ching Lim will be performing a classical programme including Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Scarlatti and Piazzolla.

Carmen – Barefoot Opera Tour 2014

Date: 13th September - 3rd October 2014

Yi Yao will be giving four performances of Carmen with the Barefoot Opera company. September 13th: St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, September 18th: Nordent Arts Centre, Maidenhead, October 2nd: Wooburn Arts Festival and October 3rd: St Leonard’s Spitalfields, London.

Black Sea Cruise Tour 2014

Date: 14th - 27th June 2014

Yi Yao together with her pianist Veronica Yen will be giving a series of four concerts aboard Fred Olsen’s “Balmoral” as it tours the Black Sea from 14th to 27th June 2014.

Henley Festival 2014

Date: 9th - 13th July 2014 Henley Festival, Henley-on-Thames. See Biography for details

Yi Yao and her ensemble, Simon Watterton (Piano) and Shu-Wei Tseng (Cello) will be performing the work “And it came to Pass”, a collaboration between herself and established British Artist Chris Gollon, with two live performances each evening at 6.15pm and …

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Tangissimo Quintet

Date: Saturday 29th March 2014, 7.30pm Berkhamsted Civic Centre

Yi Yao and Tangissimo will be playing an evening of Nuevo Tango music by Astor Piazzolla on Saturday 29th March 2014, 7.30pm – 10pm at Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 161-163 High Street, Berkhamsted. HP4 3HD. Tickets £10 on sale at the Chilterns …

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Live performance on SW1 Radio

Date: 16th December 2013 7-10pm

Yi will be performing live between 7.00pm and 10pm on Phil Hogg’s Passport show on SW1 radio. Tune in and listen ( for a fun evening of music and conversation.


Date: Tues 10 Dec 2013, 7.30 pm Lauderdale House

Yi Yao and Tangissimo will be playing Astor Piazzolla’s tangos and others. Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 7.30 pm. Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Tickets at the door: £12, £10 concs, children free