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Shuann Chai

Shuann Chai ~ Historical Piano Concerts, April 30-May 1, 2011 

Chinese-American pianist Shuann Chai is critically acclaimed for her interpretations on both modern and historical instruments and for her spoken program introductions. Recent solo and chamber programs have included bicentennial celebrations of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schumann in the Netherlands; in the USA, on our series and at the  Westfield Center; and at the Cobbe Collection (UK, in a pair of concerts on Chopin's own Pleyel grand piano. This season she has performed at the Kamermuziekfestival Hoorn (NL), the Oslo Opera House Chamber Music Series (Norway), St. Cecilias Hall, Edinburgh (UK) and an Early Music Festival Weekend of her own design at the Honig Breet Huis Museum in Zaandijk (NL). Recent tours have included a 5-concert series in Norway with the MiN-Ensemble, a recording at Hong Kong Radio and concerts in Taipei, Tsingdao, Wuhan, and at  the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing with Dutch baritone Mattijs van de Woerd; concerts in Jordan Hall, Boston; Seattle’s Gallery Concert Series; ACA Contemporary Music Festival, Mallorca; and others. She has soloed in Tchaikovsky and Schumann concerti with the Glière Festival Orchestra, Kiev (Ukraine) and in Beethoven’s First Concerto at the Bloomington Early Music Festival (USA). Featured on live radio WGBH Boston with cellist Pieter Wispelwey, Harmonia Early Music Radio, and Radio-Canada, she was also chosen to perform at the International Music Seminar, Prussia Cove, England.

Ms. Chai holds undergraduate degrees in Piano and Biology from Oberlin College and a Master's degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Among her teachers are Jack Radunsky, Norma Fisher, David Breitman, and Claus-Christian Schuster of the Altenberg Trio. Actively interested in early piano, she completed a graduate course in fortepiano at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (NL) studying with Bart van Oort and Stanley Hoogland. Last year she received scholarships to work with French pianist Anne Queffelec and to support her residency at the Banff Centre (Canada), as one of eight pianists from around the world chosen to take part in a special Beethoven Seminar and Master Class with Anton Kuerti.

In demand as a teacher, Ms. Chai will be conducting masterclasses at Duke University (USA) and UC Davis (for the second time) as well as lecture-demonstrations at the Central Conservatory of Beijing (China) and National Normal University of Taipei. Most recently, she received an appointment at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (NL), as a Visiting Lecturer in the History of Early Keyboards and Pianos.

Upcoming are repeat engagements at Muziekpodium Zeeland (NL), Vlieland (NL), the Cruquius Museum (NL), and Aberystwyth (UK); and recitals at the Fourth Church of Chicago (USA), MuzyQ Amsterdam (NL), and the American Church in Paris. Ms. Chai’s new CD is of Beethoven’s Appassionata, Moonlight, and Pathetique Sonatas on fortepiano, and was produced with the generous assistance of the Tudeley Festival (UK).

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