Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
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,
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.
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).
In your leisure, please visit www.shuannchai.com .