Sho Yano (20), piano WFMT 98.7 Impromptu series live broadcast March 31, 2011
Sho Yano was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in California. He began playing classical piano at the age of four. He attended a school for the highly gifted for three years and was homeschooled until age 9 up to the 12th grade. At the age of nine, he entered Loyola University Chicago as a biology/pre-medicine major.
In 2003, at age 12, he graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Biology minoring in Chemistry. In the summer of 2003, he entered the Medical Scientist Training Program (an M.D./Ph.D program) at age 12, at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. At age 18, he received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. He received his M.D at age 21 and is a resident at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
As of 2011, Sho has played classical piano for almost 15 years. At age 10, he was invited to play at the international Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival in California. At age 13, he appeared on the NPR program 'From the Top' broadcast throughout America. In 2009, he was invited to give a lecture and a piano recital in Japan for an audience of about 1000 by a prefecture governor and Education Department.