The New York Concert Review described Susan Chan as “a thoughtful musician and a sensitive player,” and The New Yorker called her “an energetic advocate for contemporary music.” The Fanfare magazine and BBC Music Magazine praised her “great technical finesse” and “conspicuous refinement” in her recordings.
Ms. Chan has performed as soloist and chamber musician on four continents. Such performance venues include Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall; Chopin’s birth house in Poland; and Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. She has also performed on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and the Seattle International Piano Festival Recital Series. She has appeared as soloist with the Dnepropetrovsk State Philharmonic (Ukraine), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Portland Columbia Symphony.
In recognition of her creative work and achievements, the Oregon Arts Commission awarded Susan Chan with an Individual Artist Fellowship in 2013 and a Career Opportunity Grant. She received “Special Citation for Championing Piano Music by Asian Composers” recognition in The American Prize Competition 2015, in which she performed recently commissioned works by Zhou Long and Chen Yi. In addition, she received first prizes in the Hong Kong Young Musicians Award Competition and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, and was winner in the Mozart Piano Concerto Competition at Indiana University.
Her CD discography includes her latest critically acclaimed recording Echoes of China: Contemporary Piano Music, released by Naxos in 2015, as well as East West Encounter I and East West Encounter II on the MSR Classics label, which feature pieces by western and contemporary Asian composers.
Ms. Chan holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University and MPhil and BA degrees from the University of Hong Kong. Her major piano teachers include György Sebök, Menahem Pressler and Eleanor Wong. She currently serves as Professor of Music and Piano Area Coordinator at Portland State University in Oregon, USA, where she founded and directs the PSU Steinway Piano Series. She is listed in the 2000 edition of International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians Directory, and is a Si-Yo Artist™.
Personal website: susanchanpiano.com