We are thrilled to welcome the sensational young performing artist and pianist Jenny Q Chai to the Ariel Artists roster! Breaking the boundaries of what constitutes a “concert pianist,” Jenny Q Chai combines her formidable performance visions with electronics, projected images, multimedia, and elements of theater to create entire worlds of experience, or as she calls them, “fairy tales for grown-ups.”
Ms. Chai’s uniquely curated programs feature a wide range of music – from Beethoven, Schumann, and Debussy through Cage, Ligeti, Marco Stroppa, and Nils Vigeland – combining music of the past and the present in radical ways that unlock and expand each element, forge connections, and transcend time and genre. All of her performances are marked by her adventurous spirit, abounding wonder, and a radiant joy which she brings to every note and gesture.
Recently having made her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall, Jenny Q Chai was praised by the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini for her “resourceful technique and sensitivity” as well as playing that is “admirable for its refinement and directness.” In addition to her Carnegie Hall debut, Jenny has played at New York venues such as (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, Symphony Space, and the Stone, and recently made her Chicago debut playing Schumann’s Kreisleriana at the Dame Myra Hess Series.
In addition to her performance career, Jenny Q Chai is the founder and president of FaceArt Music InterNations in Shanghai, CHINA, a contemporary performance space, educational center, and cultural exchange organization dedicated to contemporary music. Ms. Chai played the first contemporary solo piano concert in China last June at the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing; and she recently had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover in Shanghai Concert Hall. Splitting her time between New York City and Shanghai, Ms. Chai also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind.
We’re extremely excited to see what the coming year brings for the phenomenal work of Jenny Q Chai. She is already underway with a major recording project of the piano works of Nils Vigeland for Naxos Records, and has several more spectacular projects to be unveiled over the course of the coming season! Welcome, Jenny!!