Boston International Piano Competition
Ya-Fei Chuang has been acclaimed by critics in the
United States and abroad for performances of stunning
virtuosity, refinement and communicative power. She has
appeared at numerous international festivals, among them
the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw with Christoph Eschenbach,
the Taipei International Music Festival, the European Music
Festival (Stuttgart), the Bach Festival (Leipzig) and those of
Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, Gilmore, and Tanglewood.
Ms. Chuang has performed as duo partner with Kim
Kashkashian. Alban Gerhardt, James Buswell, and regularly
with Robert Levin and Steven Isserlis. Her recent
engagements include concerts in the Berlin Philharmonic H
all, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the
Malaysian Philharmonic, performances in Hong Kong,
London, Salzburg, South America and throughout the US;
and on forte piano with Boston Baroque, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and TV appearances in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Germany. She has recorded solo, concerto and chamber music works for ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and New York Philomusica Records. Her recording of Hindemith’s chamber music works with Spectrum Berlin was awarded a special prize by the International Record Review in 2009; and a live recording of Gershwin Three Preludes and Seven Virtuoso Etudes by Earl Wild will soon be released by Ruhr Piano Festival. She has given the world premieres of works by John Harbison, Stanley Walden and Thomas Oboe Lee.
Ya-Fei Chuang is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory, teaches a piano performance seminar at the New England Conservatory CE, and gives master classes throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including at Tanglewood, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and annually at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Prizewinner in the Cologne International Piano Competition at age 18, 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, under¬graduate, and masters-level studies at the Freiburg Conservatory. During this time she was awarded numerous prizes, including the Basel-Colmar-Freiburg Arts Prize and the Mendelssohn Prize in Freiburg. She subsequently concluded her German studies at the Cologne Conservatory, receiving a concert diploma (final degree), and earned a graduate diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Hugh Hinton has performed widely as a concerto soloist,
in recitals, and as a chamber musician, with a special
interest in modern and contemporary music. He performed
the world premiere of Chinary Ung’s Triple Concerto with
the Phoenix, New Hampshire, and Honolulu Symphonies.
He also performed the premiere of Bernard Rands’s Triple
Concerto with the Florida Philharmonic, and performed
and recorded the work with the Cleveland Chamber
Symphony, released on Albany Records.
Hinton has been a member of the contemporary music group
Core Ensemble since its founding in 1993. Core Ensemble
has performed at universities nationwide and in Russia,
Ukraine, and Australia. Hinton was a winner of the United
States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador competition,
resulting in concerts and residencies throughout the Middle
East. Hinton has appeared at many summer music festivals, including performances at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, and at the Monadnock Festival in New Hampshire, where he performed Elliott Carter’s Piano Quintet. He has performed widely in Boston and New England, including performances at NEC’s Jordan Hall, Longy’s Pickman Hall, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He has been heard on WGBH radio in Boston, and his performances have been broadcast internationally on “Art of the States.” His many recordings of contemporary and chamber music can be found on the Naxos, Etcetera, CRI, Newport Classics, and MMC labels.
Hinton earned his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from New England Conservatory, where his piano teachers included Russell Sherman, Wha-Kyung Byun, Lev Vlassenko, and Mykola Suk. A committed teacher, he currently serves as director of campus music activities at Merrimack College and instructor of piano at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Michael Lewin, Chair is internationally applauded as one
of America’s most abundantly gifted and charismatic concert
pianists, performing to acclaim in over 30 countries with
orchestras, in recital and as a chamber musician. His
career was launched by winning the William Kapell
International Competition, the American Pianists Association
Fellowship and the Liszt International Piano Competition
in the Netherlands. He has been awarded career grants
from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation, National
Endowment for the Arts and the Aaron Copland Recording
The New York Times wrote of his New York recital debut in
Lincoln Center in 1984 that “his immense technique and
ability qualify him eminently for success”. Since then, his
tours have taken him to New York’s major halls, Boston's
Symphony Hall, Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium, the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington, Moscow’s Great Hall, Hong Kong's City Hall Theater, Taipei's National Concert Hall, the Opera Houses of Cairo and Wilmington, the Athens Megaron, Holland’s Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Spoleto Festival. Television appearances include a PBS recital performing Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy” and Chopin works, hosted by Victor Borge. He has been the featured interview in Clavier and Piano & Keyboard Magazines, and edited piano music of Griffes for C.F.Peters. A Steinway Artist, he was Artistic Director of Steinway’s Gala 150th Anniversary Concert held in 2003 in Boston’s Symphony Hall.
Deeply committed to guiding and nurturing gifted young pianists, Michael Lewin is one of America’s most sought-after teachers. He is a member of the Piano Faculty at The Boston Conservatory, where he also directs the Piano Masters Series, and at Boston University, where he is Visiting Artist in Piano. A native of New York, he studied at the Juilliard School. His own teachers included Leon Fleisher, Irwin Freundlich, Adele Marcus, and Yvonne Lefébure.
Ian Lindsey was born to a family of musicians. He has
been an active teacher and performer in the Boston area for
the past fifteen years. A graduate from the Walnut Hill School
of the Performing Arts, Ian Lindsey continued his studies at
The New England Conservatory, where he received both his
Bachelor's and Master's degrees under the guidance of
Mr. Lindsey has performed regularly throughout New England
and the northeast, presenting virtuoso repertoire such as the
complete sets of etudes by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.
He is one of the few pianists worldwide to have performed the
complete Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt, notably
during the celebrations of the two-hundredth anniversary of
the composer’s birth in 2011. The Boston Music Intelligencer
called Mr. Lindsey “the greatest unknown pianist in Boston [who] handled every challenge with aplomb and brilliant musicianship.” Mr. Lindsey is a winner of the Arlington Symphony Orchestra Competition, and was a recipient of the St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award. He holds faculty positions at both Dana Hall School and The Rivers School Conservatory.
Angel Ramon Rivera, pianist and pedagogue, hails from
the island of Puerto Rico, where he studied with legendary
pianist Jesus Maria Sanroma. He received his bachelor and
master's degrees from the New England Conservatory, where
his teachers were Miklos Shwalb, Howard Goding, Felix Wolfes
and John Moriarty. Mr. Rivera has performed at Boston's
Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum, Castle Hill, the
Tanglewood Music Festival, and at Carnegie Hall in New
York City. He has also appeared with the Boston Pops,
and was actively involved in the early days of '' La Plaza'',
a television program promoting the arts on National
A most popular and sought after clinician, Rivera has given
master classes throughout the United States and the
Caribbean. After serving as director of the New England Conservatory's Preparatory School, he remains as an active member of both the NEC Prep, where he coordinates and instructs four very successful weekly Piano Seminars, and in the college faculty, where he leads the Piano Pedagogy courses. He is Director Emeritus of The Rivers School Conservatory, where he is currently on the faculty. Mr. Rivera is the co-founder of the Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young, a yearly event held at the Rivers School Conservatory since 1978, which has featured celebrated composers such as Cage, Knussen, Glass, Harbison, Liebermann and Bolcom.
Angel Ramon Rivera has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, the World Pedagogy Conference, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Guild of Community School of the Arts. He is the recipient of the Manuel G. Tavarez Gold Medal, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts President's Award and the NEC Preparatory School's Jean Stackhouse Excellence in Teaching Award.