Languages: English, German, Taiwanese, Chinese
Fanfare Magazine hailed her “delicacy and fluidity of touch…this version (live recording of the Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1) now sits at the top of the pile of Mendelssohn Firsts, alongside Perahia, Serkin, and John Ogdon.” Acclaimed by critics in the United States and abroad for performances of stunning virtuosity, refinement and communicative power, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang has appeared at numerous international festivals, among them the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw with Christoph Eschenbach, the Taipei International Music Festival, the European Music Festival (Stuttgart), the Bach Festival (Leipzig) and those of Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, Gilmore, and Tanglewood.
Ms. Chuang has performed as duo partner with Kim Kashkashian. Alban Gerhardt, James Buswell, and regularly with Robert Levin and Steven Isserlis. Her recent engagements include concerts in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, performances in Hong Kong, London, Salzburg, South America and throughout the US; and on forte piano with Boston Baroque, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and TV appearances in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Germany.
She has recorded solo, concerto and chamber music works for ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and New York Philomusica Records. Her recording of Hindemith’s chamber music works with Spectrum Berlin was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review in 2009; and a live recording of Gershwin Three Preludes and Seven Virtuoso Etudes by Earl Wild will soon be released by Ruhr Piano Festival. She has given the world premieres of works by John Harbison, Stanley Walden and Thomas Oboe Lee.
Ya-Fei Chuang is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory, teaches a piano performance seminar at the New England Conservatory CE, and gives master classes throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including at Tanglewood, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and annually at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Prizewinner in the Cologne International Piano Competition at age 18, Ya-Fei Chuang first performed on television in her native Taiwan at the age of eight and gave her first public recital at age nine. She won first prize at the nationally televised ‘Genius vs. Genius’ Competition at age ten and first prize at the National Competition (Taiwan) at age eleven. The following year she received unprecedented fellowships and scholarships from several prestigious foundations in Germany and Taiwan that enabled her to pursue pre-college, undergraduate, and masters-level studies at the Freiburg Conservatory. During this time she was awarded numerous prizes, including the Basel-Colmar-Freiburg Arts Prize and the Mendelssohn Prize in Freiburg. She subsequently concluded her German studies at the Cologne Conservatory, receiving a concert diploma (final degree), and earned a graduate diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA.
In line with the reorientation of the International Summer Academy focusing on the work of W. A. Mozart, participants of this master class are cordially invited to prepare at least one work by W. A. Mozart.