PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University pianist Susan Chan will
present a public recital on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in WSU’s Bryan Hall Theatre at 8
p.m. Chan will play the pieces she has selected for her Carnegie Hall debut
piano recital, which is slated for Nov. 14 in New York City. There is no charge
for her Pullman concert.
Chan performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician, and actively
promotes music from Asia and that written by women composers, in addition
to traditional repertoire. She has performed in recitals and music festivals in the
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Holland,
Australia, China, Taiwan and her native Hong Kong. She has been featured on
Radio Television Hong Kong, as well as Northwest Public Television and
KPBX Public Radio of Spokane.
Among the various prizes she has received in competitions include first prizes
in the Hong Kong Young Musicians Award, the Indianapolis Matinee
Musicale, and the Mozart Piano Concerto Competition at Indiana University,
where she was selected to play as a soloist in the Mozart Bicentenary Festival
in 1991. She has also appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Chamber
Orchestra and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. She has
recorded on the Opus One and Yazz labels, and her CD on the Hester Park label
features piano music by French Classical women composers Villeblanche and
Chan has lectured and played at the Washington State Music Teachers
Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the College Music
Society, and has reviewed women’s piano music for Women of Note Quarterly.
Her presentations include a lecture recital on Villeblanche and Bigot, delivered
at the French Piano Institute in Paris. She is listed in the 2000 edition of the
International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians’ Directory.
She holds a doctor of music degree in piano from Indiana University and
master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hong Kong. She also
pursued postgraduate studies at Yale University and holds the Fellowship and
Licentiate Performance Diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London. Her
major piano teachers include GyÃ¶rgy SebÃ¶k, Menahem Pressler and James
Tocco. She is currently an associate professor of music at WSU.
Chan’s recital program at both venues will include Beethoven’s “Sonata in E
Minor,” Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz,” Chopin’s “Sonata in B Minor,” and works
by Franck, Chinese-Canadian composer Alexina Louie, and the New York
premiere of a piece by Chinese composer Ning-Chi Chan.
Her 8 p.m. Nov. 14 performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall has been
dedicated to the memory of SebÃ¶k, Hungarian pianist and pedagogue. Tickets
for her New York City concert are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, or
call Centercharge at 212/247-7800.