Pianist Chia-Ying Chan, originally from Taiwan, brings passion, vibrancy, sensitivity and creativity to her interpretations of classical music. She is an active soloist and chamber pianist, who has given solo performances and recitals across Taiwan, America and Europe, including at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Austurias (Spain); the Sala dei Notari (Italy); National Recital Hall (Taiwan); Carnegie Weill Hall (New York), and has been invited to perform at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Chan has won top prizes in international competitions such as the 2019 21st Century Piano Commission Competition (Winner), the 2018 American Prize (Third Prize), the 2017 Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition (Winner), the 2016 International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prize (Frist Prize), 2016 American Fine Arts International Concerto Competition (First Place), the 2014 West Virginia University Keyboard competition (First Prize), 2014 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music (First Place), and the National University of Tainan (NUTN) Concerto Competition in Taiwan (Winner). Her accomplishments led her to a live broadcast performance at Schubertiade in Chicago in 2017, a solo recital at the PianoForte Foundation in Chicago in 2016, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall performances in 2014 and 2015.
Her most recent noticeable appearance with orchestra include performances with Sinfonia da Camera conducted by Ian Hobson in 2017, and with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Gershtein in Russia in 2016. She made her orchestral debut with the National University of Tainan Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in 2006, and received an Exceptional Merit Award from NUTN in 2007.
Chan's playing has been featured on radio sations, including WILL FM 90.9, Illinois Public Radio, Radio Taiwan International AM 1557 in Taiwan, WXTV in Taiwan and the IC Boradcasting Company FM 97.5 in Taiwan. Her recent review from The News-Gazette by John Frayne stated that:“…..Chan impressed me with her fluent technique and urgent phrasing, and she interacted expertly with the well-performed and -conducted accompaniment of the Sinfonia [in Beethoven]…..”. In addition, a review from The American Prize praised Chan’s, “Beautiful sweeping musical gestures and clarity of finger articulation along with thoughtful pedaling,” when reviewing her performance of Ravel and went on to state that, “[Her] performance presents intertwined melodies and heartfelt emotions,” in her Brahms performance.
She has been selected and invited to attend masterclasses and festivals with world-renowned masters such as Robert McDonald, Alberto Nose, Christopher Taylor, John Perry, Peter Takács, Julian Martin, Jose Ramon Mendez, Vladimir Feltsman, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, John O’Connor and others. Chan has been awarded scholarships for study at universities and festivals throughout the US, Taiwan, and Europe.
Her debut album on Centaur Record label was recently released. The music inclued on the CD are works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Irving Fine. Chan chose to bring together this selection of repertoire based on her observation of common features and possible links among the pieces that connect them with Beethoven and his legacy, which is a theme she discussed in a lecture recital at National Tainan University in Tainan.
In addition to performing solo piano works, Chan has been an active collaborator in both chamber and accompanist settings. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of works including composers from the baroque to the present. She is currently the member of Amosa Duo with clarinetist Dr. Gary June. Engagements include performances and recitals in Chicago, several universities within the United States, and in many prestigious venues in Taiwanese tour.
Chan's teaching appointments include positions at Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Community Center for the Arts, and instructor at Discover Melody—an international online-conservatory based out of New York, Beijing and Vancouver. She also serves as Vice-director and adjudicator at Chambana Music Competition. Chan received both Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Art in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she served as the piano teaching assistant.
Her principal mentors including Timothy Ehlen at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma; Paul Schenly & Kathryn Brown at Cleveland Institute of Music for Master of Music; and Ching-Jen Wu at National University of Tainan, Taiwan for Bachelor of Music.