Denise Young is a gifted artist who, with an elegant lirico spinto soprano voice brings opera, jazz, gospel and classical blending to her performances. Passionate about the African American experience in song, her warm and inspiring repertoire spans string quartets, symphonies, jazz quartets, professional chorales, and solo recitals. Ms Young has appeared with Grammy –award winning Christian artist Larnelle Harris, Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, performed and recorded locally with Williams and Smith, Jazz duo, and written & recorded for iTunes Originals.
In 2008 Ms. Young had her operatic debut at Carnegie Hall, and in 2008 summer, staged her European debut in Ancona, Italy. Subsequently at Carnegie Weill Hall and across Italy, appearing at the Alexander and Buono International Music Festival as a guest artist, Ms. Young performed Alfredo Catalani, Giuseppe Verdi, Joaquin Rodrigo, George Gershwin, Eric Korngold. Ms. Young has done frequent performances with her musical colleague and friend, former Secretary of State and concert pianist Condoleeza Rice, performing Puccini, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the American Spirituals, one of which she always adds to her performances.
Ms Young holds the position of World Wide head of Human Resources and Talent at Apple, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Prior to this role, she headed the people, talent and culture function that built the Apple Stores world wide.
Currently, Ms Young and Musical Director Levi Barcourt are currently at work on a CD and concert performance work entitled Project Classique, with 2015 performances of the work starting at SF Jazz, the Joe Henderson Lab.