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Shuann Chai

Pianist Shuann Chai's recent performances include recitals at the Boston Athenaeum, the Foundling Museum of London, England, the Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festival, a 5-concert tour with the MiN Ensemble of Norway, and a program with cellist Jan Bastiaan Neven at the Tartini Festival of Slovenia. Ms. Chai has been heard across the globe, 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), and Radio-Canada, and was chosen to perform in the Young Musicians' Concert at the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Ms. Chai completed her undergraduate work in her hometown at Oberlin College, majoring in Piano Performance and Biology. After choosing music over medical school, she continued her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston where she earned a Master's degree. Her teachers have included Jack Radunsky, Norma Fisher, and David Breitman, and she has worked extensively with Viennese pianist Claus-Christian Schuster of the Altenberg Trio and Malcolm Bilson, professor emeritus at Cornell University. Presently Shuann is completing a Ph.D in Musicology at Brandeis University, where she was awarded the H.M. Remis Fellowship as well as the Gershwin Foundation Prize.

Upcoming concerts include programs for the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Seaton Music Series in Devon, England, and the National Trust at Fenton House in Hampstead, London.

This is Shuann Chaiís second appearance on the Historical Piano Concerts Series. Living in the Boston area, she is a regular visitor at the Frederick Collection.