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Historical Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians

Shuann Chai

Chinese-American pianist Shuann Chai is an active and engaging performer, critically acclaimed for her interpretations on both modern and historical instruments. Recent projects include recitals at St. Cecilia's Hall of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), the Mendelssohn Festival Weekend in the Vredenburg (Utrecht, Holland), and the Young Masters Performance Series in The Hague (Holland) as well as a performance of Beethovenís First Concerto at the Bloomington Early Music Festival (USA) with conductor Stanley Ritchie. Ms. Chaiís concert tours have taken her from Beijing, China (as a guest artist at Qinghua University) to Kiev, Ukraine, where she performed concerti by Schumann and Tchaikovsky. She has also been featured in live radio broadcasts on WGBH Boston (with cellist Pieter Wispelwey), Harmonia Early Music Radio, and Radio-Canada, and was chosen to perform at the International Music Seminar of Prussia Cove, England.

Ms. Chai completed undergraduate degrees in Piano and Biology at Oberlin College. Choosing music over medical school, she earned a Master's degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her teachers have included Jack Radunsky, Norma Fisher, and David Breitman, and she has worked extensively with Claus-Christian Schuster of the Altenberg Trio and Malcolm Bilson, professor emeritus at Cornell University. Most recently she completed a graduate course in Fortepiano at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands, under the tutelage of Bart van Oort and Stanley Hoogland. Ms. Chai is also the grateful recipient of support from organizations such as the Stichting Musicians Worldwide and the National Muziekinstrumenten Fonds (NMF).

Upcoming concerts include programs for the Aberyswyth Music Club (UK); the Stichting Jonge Concertpianisten (Holland); a 5-concert tour in Norway as a guest artist with the MiN-Ensemble; and a pair of concerts celebrating the Chopin bicentennial at the Cobbe Collection in Surrey (UK), performing on Chopinís own Pleyel grand piano. During this season, she is also playing a series of solo and chamber music programs commemorating the bicentennial anniversaries of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann in a number of venues in the Netherlands such as the Noorderkerk (Amsterdam), the Cruquius Museum (Heemstede), and the Dr. Anton Philipszaal (Den Haag).