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Shuann Chai

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Pianist Shuann Chai is an active and engaging performer, critically acclaimed for interpretations on both modern and historical instruments. Recent projects include all-Beethoven recitals at the Vredenburg Utrecht (NL) and the American Church of Paris (FR); a series of concerts and masterclasses in China in collaboration with baritone Mattijs van de Woerd; and a pair of recitals to mark the Chopin Bicentennial at the Cobbe Collection in Hatchlands Park (UK) featuring the composer’s own Pleyel grand piano. Shuann has also been featured in live webcast on Avro Klassiek (NL) and live radio broadcasts on WGBH Boston (with cellist Pieter Wispelwey), the Dennis Lewin Radio Show on WCLV Cleveland, CKUA Edmonton (Canada), Harmonia Early Music Radio, Hong Kong Radio 4, and Radio-Canada.

Shuann completed degrees in both Piano Performance and Biology at Oberlin College and earned Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL). Her teachers have included Jack Radunsky, Norma Fisher, David Breitman, and Claus-Christian Schuster of the Altenberg Trio. In 2010 she received a full scholarship at the Banff Centre (Canada), where she was one of eight pianists from around the world selected to take part in an exclusive Beethoven Seminar and Master Class with Anton Kuerti. She was invited back to the Centre as an Artist-in-Residence in 2012.

Alongside her concert appearances, Ms. Chai has been increasingly in demand as a teacher. She has conducted master classes and lecture-demonstrations at the Gulangyu Piano Academy in Xiamen (China), the Grieg Conservatory in Bergen (Norway), the Central Conservatory of Beijing (China), National University of Taipei (Taiwan), the University of Edinburgh (UK), the University of California at Davis (USA), and Duke University (USA). Last year she also received an appointment at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she is now a Visiting Lecturer in early keyboards and pianos.

Upcoming projects reflect Shuann’s wide-ranging interests: a tour of 8 performances in Spring 2013 will feature the music of John Cage in collaboration with modern dancers, while a major part of the 2013-14 season will be dedicated to performing the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven. Her first solo CD, featuring Beethoven Sonatas on the fortepiano, was released in 2011 to critical acclaim.

In May 2012 Shuann Chai became the recipient of a permanent loan of an original 1820 Rosenberger fortepiano, generously provided by the National Musical Instruments Foundation of the Netherlands (NMF). She is also the beneficiary of generous support from organizations such as the Fonds voor Podium Kunst (FPK) and Ars Donandi.

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