Ya-Fei Chuang

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General Info


Associate Professor of Piano

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My goals as a mentor are to instill the principles of technical mastery, further artistic understanding and stylistic knowledge, and do all I can to develop my students as individuals who will follow their personal path at the highest possible level.

Ya-Fei Chuang joined the Conservatory in 2007 and is an associate professor of piano.

Chuang has appeared in Boston at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall and in the Celebrity Series, as well as throughout the United States, including at the Gilmore, Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Sarasota, and Tanglewood festivals. Abroad, she has performed with the Berlin Radio Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Symphony, and the Malaysian Philharmonic and at such venues as the Berliner Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as at festivals including Bach Leipzig, Beethoven Warsaw, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Romanian Mozart, Ruhr Piano, Schleswig-Holstein, Stuttgart, Taipei International Music, and Verbier. Chuang is a frequent duo partner with Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin. She juries various competitions, including the International Grieg Piano Competition in Norway in 2014 and 2016.

Chuang has recorded for the labels ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and New York Philomusica Records. The Ruhr Festival has released several of her live recordings, including a solo recital distributed within Fono Forum magazine. Reviewing her live recording of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1, Fanfare magazine hailed her "delicacy and fluidity of touch," saying that "this version now sits at the top of the pile of Mendelssohn Firsts, alongside Perahia, [Rudolf] Serkin, and John Ogdon." Upcoming CD releases include all-Liszt and all-Chopin recordings, as well as the complete piano solo works of Ravel for Le Palais des Dégustateurs.

Reviewing her recent solo recital in Boston in the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Mark DeVoto wrote, “Ya-Fei Chuang carries Chopin's banner today equally with the best of those whose names are more world-famous—I think of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Garrick Ohlsson, and Idil Biret.”

Chuang works with Alfred Brendel on a regular basis. She gives master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and gives an annual a two-week master class at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Prizewinner (International Music Competition Cologne)
  • Prize for Hindemith chamber works recording (International Record Review)