Pianist Gloria Chien has been named by The Boston Globe as one of the superior pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” Richard Dyer praised her for “a wondrously rich palette of colors, which she mixes with dashing bravado and with an uncanny precision of calibration…Chien’s performance had it all, and it was fabulous.”
Ms. Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony, and has since appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, Irwin Hoffman, Benjamin Zander, Robert Bernhardt and Felix Chen. She received a Harvard Musical Association Award and was a prize winner at the World Piano Competition and the San Antonio International Piano Competition, where she also received the prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. Ms. Chien has presented solo recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Musical Association, Sanibel Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Chien has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000, a group known for its versatility and commitment to new music. The Boston Herald praised her for “[playing] phenomenally.” Her recent performances include collaborations with the St. Lawrence, Miró, Borromeo, Daedalus and Jupiter String Quartets, David Shifrin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Rob Kapilow, Paul Neubauer, Roberto Diaz, Andres Diaz, Sharon Robinson, James Ehnes, Nai-Yuan Hu, Bion Tsang, Soovin Kim, Carolin Widmann, Edward Arron and Anthony McGill. She has participated in such festivals as Chamber Music Northwest, Music Academy of the West, Verbier Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, where she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute in 2010 by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. In the fall of 2009, Ms. Chien launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, as its founder and artistic director.
Her CD featuring music of Grazyna Bacewicz, was released on Chandos Records. The International Record Review wrote, “[the violinist] could ask for no more sensitive or supportive an accompanist than Gloria Chien.” Harmonie Magazine wrote, “…but it would be unfair not to mention the pianist, who is accompanying the soloist in an absolutely responsive, impressive and confident way. She is more than an accompanist – rather, she is an equivalent partner to the soloist.” The Strad praises her for “super performances…accompanied with great character.” She also received fantastic reviews in Gramophone, American Record Guide, and Muzyka 21.
Gloria Chien began playing the piano at the age of five in her native Taiwan. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts, as well as Bachelors and Masters degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Her teachers have included Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. Ms. Chien is a Steinway Artist.
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