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Jenny Q Chai

Jenny Q Chai

piano

Pianist Jenny Q Chai combines razor-sharp perception with radical joie de vivre, creating deeply transformative performance experiences “that demolish distinctions between past and present and show that the Western classical tradition is an endless flow” (Sequenza 21).

Bio

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.

Chai is also a vital champion and early tester of the groundbreaking synchronous score following software program, Antescofo. Developed at IRCAM by scientist Arshia Cont and composer Marco Stroppa, the software offers a real time computer and animation response to live performance elements, enabling performers to create multimedia presentations of sophisticated and expressive fluency. Chai explored and helped hone Antescofo in residence at IRCAM (alongside frequent collaborator, Jarosław Kapuściński) and has since toured internationally with the software, offering multimedia performances in Shanghai, New York, Havana, and elsewhere.

Other notable highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012; many performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, including a 2016 Antescofo-supported program, Where’s Chopin?; lectures and recitals at the Shanghai Symphony Hall; a featured performance at the Leo Brouwer Festival in Havana, Cuba; 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); and much more.

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. Additionally, Chai serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and has published a doctoral dissertation on Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose.

Chai has recorded for labels such as Deutschlandfunk, Naxos, and ArpaViva. In 2010, she released her debut recording, New York Love Songs – features interpretations of works by Cage and Ives, among others – and her most recent recording, Life Sketches: Piano Music of Nils Vigeland was released in 2014 by Naxos. She can also be heard on Michael Vincent Waller’s Five Easy Pieces and Cindy Cox’s Hierosgamos.

The recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Jenny Q Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Cologne University of Music and Dance. Her teachers include Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Seymour Lipkin, Solomon Mikowsky, and Anthony de Mare.

(523 words. July 2017, Ariel Artists. Please discard previously dated materials and contact Reynard Hulme, rey@arielartists.com , before making any alterations or cuts.)

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    Philippe Manoury, Zones de turbulences (for two pianos and orchestra, 2012)

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    Ligeti, Etudes

    No. 1 Desordre

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    Etude No. 2 Cordes à vide

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    Debussy, Etudes

    Pour les quates

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    Pour huit doigts

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    Marco Stroppa, ”Ninnananna” from Miniature Estrose (live)

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    Marco Stroppa, Innige Cavatina

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    Gyorgy Kurtag, Jatekoks

    Les Adieux

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    Shadowplay

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    Bells for Magarit Mándy

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    Schumann, Kreisleriana

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    Schumann, Carnaval

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    Rzewski, Kreutzer Sonata (from The Road)

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    John Cage, Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs

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    Scott Wollschleger, Blue Inscription

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    Messaien, Canteyodjaya

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    Programs

    2018/19 Program Offerings

    Current & Recent Programs

    • Concerto Offerings

      Jenny Q Chai is pleased offer the following concerti:

      FEATURED:

      Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
      Piano Concerto  

      Marco Stroppa (b. 1959)
      Upon a Blade of Grass (1996)

      Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990)
      Piano Concerto (2016 – general availability fall 2018)

      Philippe Manoury (b. 1952)
      Zones de turbulences (2013, with pianist Adam Kośmieja)

      Peter Eötvös (b. 1944)
      CAP-KO (Concerto for Acoustical Piano, Keyboard and Orchestra) (2005)

      Esa-Pekka Salonen (b. 1958)
      Piano Concerto (2007)

      Beethoven (1770-1827)
      Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
      Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

      Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Op. 25)

      FULL REPERTOIRE LIST:

      Mozart (1756-1791)
      Complete Concertos

      Beethoven (1770-1827)
      Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
      Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

      Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Op. 25)

      Schumann (1810-1856)
      Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

      Liszt (1811-1886)
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124

      Brahms (1833-1897)
      Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

      Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
      Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

      Schoenberg (1874-1951)
      Piano Concerto, Op. 42

      Ravel (1875-1937)
      Piano Concerto in G major

      Stravinsky (1882-1971)
      Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

      Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
      Piano Concerto 

      John Cage (1912-1992)
      Piano Concerto

      György Ligeti (1923-2006)
      Piano Concerto

      Peter Eötvös (b. 1944)
      CAP-KO (Concerto for Acoustical Piano, Keyboard and Orchestra) (2005)

      Philippe Manoury (b. 1952)
      Zones de turbulences (2013, with pianist Adam Kośmieja)

      Esa-Pekka Salonen (b. 1958)
      Piano Concerto (2007)

      Marco Stroppa (b. 1959)
      Upon a Blade of Grass (1996)

      Jaroslaw Kapuscinski (b. 1964)
      Side Effects (2017)

      Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990)
      Piano Concerto (2016 – general availability fall 2018)

    Projects & Collaborations

    Jenny Q Chai & Adam Kośmieja 
    two-piano concerti and recital offerings

    Acqua Alta (High Water)
    piano, multimedia, climate change data

    Panoptic Piano
    Jenny Q Chai presents piano, voice, and paintings in motion

    Intimate Streams
    an all-Kapuscinski program using Antescofo Artificial Intelligence score technology

    Additional Offerings

    • 21st-Century Musicianship and Entrepreneurship

      This casual talk is meant to engage and inspire music students with discussion of one or more of these possible themes: Career management in the 21st Century Jenny Q Chai shares insights on her metamorphosis from a timid student at Shanghai Conse...

    • "Dissecting Stroppa" Lecture/Recital

      Lecture-recital on piano cycle Miniature Estrose by Marco Stroppa: “Innige Cavatina” and “Ninnananna” In this groundbreaking mixture of academic exposition, music, and theater, Jenny Q Chai wears a lab coat and "dissects Stroppa," in partic...

    • Etudes and Interpretations: a Lecture/Recital

      In this lecture/recital, Jenny Q Chai discusses the structure and possibilities for interpretation of piano études by Debussy ("Pour les quartes" and "Pour les huit doigts") and Ligeti (No.1 "Désordre"and No. 2 "Cordes à vide"). Both sets of études...

    • Encore Talk

      In this casual post-concert discussion, presenters and audiences ask Jenny about anything related to music and her performances. Past discussion topics have included specific questions raised by the pieces on the program, Jenny's motivations for specif...

    • Master Classes

      Jenny's master classes are of a two-fold nature. On the one hand, they reflect what Jenny learned in her D.M.A. pedagogy class from the Manhattan School of Music, directed by Dr. Marjean Olson, plus the influences of many great artists who gave master ...