Kwan Yi has been praised by audiences and critics alike as a pianist of "lyrical elegance" and "ravishing, pitch-perfect clarity". He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Hessischer Rundfunk, Auditorium du Louvre, Suntory Hall and Seoul Arts Center.

In recent seasons, Mr. Yi has performed concerti with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov. As a chamber musician, he has frequently collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia and the Castleton Festivals. As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at the Bowdoin College, University of Arkansas, East Carolina University, Ouachita Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin University, Marylhurst University and the Randolph College. His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WHYY, KUHF, Radio France and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for Hänssler label with Violinist Itamar Zorman.

A recipient of many honors and prizes, his awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and top prizes in the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan, and the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. Mr. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival. 

Mr. Yi is on faculty at Radford University in Virginia.