In addition to her work as a studio instructor, Ya-Fei Chuang has designed the Piano Interpretation & Performance Seminar offered through NEC's School of Continuing Education.
Prizewinner at the Cologne International Piano Competition at age 18, Chuang has appeared at festivals that include the Beethoven Festival (Warsaw) with Christoph Eschenbach, the European Music Festival (Stuttgart), the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Shannon Festival (Ireland), Oulu (Finland), Ravinia, Sarasota, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Celebrity Series in Boston, and Tanglewood (USA).
The Ruhr Festival (Germany) released a CD of her May 2007 festival solo recital, which was also included as a premium in the leading German music magazine Fono Forum.
Chuang has appeared with the Spectrum Concerts in Berlin, at the Fromm Foundation concerts at Harvard, at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge (USA), and has performed in venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Ozawa Hall, Cologne and Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and as a duo partner with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, and Steven Isserlis.
Her recent engagements include concerts and recordings in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, at the National Concert Hall Taipei, in the US, Europe, South America, Asia, many returning engagements to festivals, and 4 CDs to be released, including by Naxos, New York Philomusica, and ECM.
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 (Musikhochschule) with Mechthild Hatz (a student of Alfred Cortot), Rosa Sabater, and Robert Levin, completing the six-year course of study in four. During this time she was awarded prizes including the Basel-Colmar-Freiburg Arts Prize and the Mendelssohn Prize in Freiburg. She subsequently concluded her German studies with Pavel Gililov, receiving a soloist exam (final degree) at the Musikhochschule of Cologne.
In 1993 Ya-Fei Chuang moved to the United States, where she earned a graduate diploma at New England Conservatory, with Russell Sherman. In addition to her faculty positions at New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory, and teaches masterclasses in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., including at Tanglewood, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2007, Chuang was a presenter of the World Piano Pedagogy Conference.
Ya-Fei Chuang’s mastery of the most challenging solo repertoire is complemented by extensive activities as a chamber musician and duo partner, and by her commitment to contemporary music, including world premieres of works by Stanley Walden and Thomas Oboe Lee, and future projects with John Harbison. She is represented by ARTRA Artist Management of Chicago.
Studies at the Freiburg Conservatory with Mechthild Hatz, Rosa Sabater and Robert Levin; studies at the Musikhochshule of Cologne with Pavel Gililov; Graduate Diploma (NEC); studies with Russell Sherman. Also faculty of the Boston Conservatory.
photo by Andrew Hurlbut