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Shuann Chai

Pianist Shuann Chai's recent performances include recitals at St. Cecilia's Hall of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), the Holberg Festival (Norway), and the Young Masters Performance Series in The Hague (Holland), where she was asked to substitute for fellow pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout on two days' notice. Last season, her concert for the Seaton Music Society (England) was noted as "a fascinating occasion... Miss Chai is an extremely talented pianist...eloquent and elegant (The Devon Herald)." Last season, an all-Beethoven program for the Bloomington Early Music Festival also garnered special praise in a concert review as well as in the critic's summary of the Festival itself: "She exhibited superb command of the instrument...suffusing [her performance] with a hefty wattage of emotional intensity."

An active performer on early as well as modern pianos, Shuann Chai's upcoming concerts include programs for the Klanken Festival for Contemporary Music in Maastricht (NL) and a return to the Bloomington Early Music Festival (USA) where she will perform Beethoven's First Piano Concerto under the baton of Stanley Ritchie with the Festival Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Amsterdam-based Myrten Ensemble, which is presenting a series of chamber music concerts throughout the Netherlands in celebration of the bicentennial anniversaries of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann throughout the 2009-2010 season.

Previous concert seasons 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) 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. After choosing music over medical school, she continued her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston where she earned a Master's in Music. Her teachers have included Jack Radunsky, Norma Fisher, Bart van Oort, 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.

We welcome Ms. Chai to her third concert on this series.