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Jenny Q Chai
November 2, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: CCRMA Stage - Map Link
Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai. An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” – New York Times
Based in both Shanghai and Paris, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. She is a noted interpreter of 20th-century masters Cage, Messiaen, and Ligeti, and her career is threaded through with strong relationships and close collaborations with a range of notable contemporary composers, including Marco Stroppa, Jarosław Kapuściński, and György Kurtág.
With a deft poetic touch, Chai weaves this wide-ranging repertoire into a gorgeous and lucid musical tapestry. Notable highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012; performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, including Jarosław Kapuściński’s Where’s Chopin?; lectures and recitals at the Shanghai Symphony Hall; a performance at the Leo Brouwer Festival in Havana, Cuba; and Philippe Manoury’s double-piano concerto, Zones de turbulences, at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music with duo partner, pianist Adam Kośmieja and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her immersive approach to music is also channeled into her work with FaceArt Institute of Music, the Shanghai-based organization she founded and runs, offering music education and an international exchange of music and musicians in China and beyond.