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Ya-Fei Chuang

Piano; Chamber Music Faculty

Acclaimed by critics in the United States and abroad for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang’s international appearances include the Berlin Radio Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, performances at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Boston’s Symphony and Jordan Halls, the Berlin Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus Berlin, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, and London’s Queen Elisabeth Hall.  She has performed at numerous international festivals, including the Beethoven Festival (Warsaw), the European Music Festival/Musikfest Stuttgart, the Bach Festival (Leipzig), the Taipei International Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Gilmore, Ravinia, Sarasota, and Tanglewood.  She has performed in duo recitals with Noah Bendix-Balgley and Martin Chalifour (concertmasters of the Berlin and LA Philharmonic), Alban Gerhardt, Kim Kashkashian, Mark Kosower, Gabriel Lipkind, and is a frequent partner with Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin.  She has appeared at the International Music Sessions in Prussia Cove, England; with the Spectrum Berlin; the New York Philomusica; and is a member of the chamber music ensemble Mistral (Boston).  Appearances in recent seasons include the festivals of Verbier, Ruhr, Oregon Bach, Nevada, the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, the Mozart Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and at the International Grieg Piano Competition in Norway (where she was a member of the jury).  Performances on fortepiano include Boston Baroque, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Baroque, and Concerto Köln.  She has recorded for ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and New York Philomusica Records. The Ruhr Festival has released several of her live recordings, including a solo album distributed as a premium of Fono Forum Magazine. Reviewing her live recording of the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1, Fanfare Magazine hailed her “delicacy and fluidity of touch ... this version now sits at the top of the pile of Mendelssohn Firsts, alongside Perahia, [Rudolf] Serkin, and John Ogdon.” Her recording of Hindemith chamber works was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review.  Two solo CDs will be soon be released by Delos and Le Palais des Dégustateurs.

 Ya-Fei Chuang’s mastery of the most challenging solo and chamber repertoire is complemented by her commitment to contemporary music. She has given the world premieres of works by John Harbison, Stanley Walden, Thomas Oboe Lee, and Pulitzer prizewinner Yehudi Wyner. She is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory and gives master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and annually at the Mozarteum, Salzburg.


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