My goals as a mentor are to instill the principles of technical mastery, furthering artistic understanding and stylistic knowledge, and doing all I can to develop my students as individuals to follow their personal path at the highest possible level.
Ya-Fei Chuang joined the Boston Conservatory in 2007 and is an instructor in piano.
Chuang has appeared in Boston at Symphony and Jordan Halls and the Celebrity Series, and throughout the U.S., including 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, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and venues including the Berlin Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, London's Queen Elisabeth Hall, and festivals including Bach Leipzig, Beethoven Warsaw, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Romanian Mozart, Ruhr Piano, Schleswig-Holstein, Stuttgart Festival, Taipei International Music Festival, 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 (where she gave a recital) and 2016.
Chuang has recorded for 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 the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1, Fanfare Magazine hailed her "delicacy and fluidity of touch ... 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 recording, as well as the complete piano solo works by 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 U.S., Europe, and Asia, and annually a two-week master class at the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Professional Recognitions and Awards
- Prizewinner (Cologne International Piano Competition)
- Prize for Chuang's Hindemith chamber works recording (International Record Review)