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Tian Ying - pianist

Adam Golka

Praised by the Boston Globe as "one of the finest pianists active in America", Tian Ying, winner of many prestigious awards, including high honors at the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989, has become well known for his eloquent, poetic, dramatically intense performances. With his reputation for unusually searching and profound interpretations played at the highest level of virtuoso accomplishment, Ying has earned a distinguished place among today's most exciting, original and accomplished artists of his generation.


Tian Ying has appeared with numerous orchestras, such as the Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall, symphonies of Atlanta, Fort Worth, Toledo, Columbus, Colorado, Hartford, Jacksonville, Spokane, Oakland, Madison, Wichita, Ann Arbor, Shanghai, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. Solo recitals have taken Tian Ying across North America, Europe, and from Casablanca to Seoul, and he frequently conducts master classes in universities and colleges around the country.


During the 2001-02 season alone, Tian Ying performed 9 different concerti with orchestras across the US. The Boston Globe chose Tian Ying's 1993 Bank of Boston Celebrity Series concert as one of the Top Ten in classical music events. There have been many articles written about Tian Ying, including profiles in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and People Magazine.


With the release of Tian Ying's 2007 solo album on Centaur Records, AllMusic wrote: "Don't let the hushed opening bars of the "Appassionata" fool you: pianist Tian Ying is a first-rate virtuoso and a grade-A showman who plays Beethoven with the kind of power and panache that most pianists bring to bear on Liszt. For some listeners, Ying's nervous intensity and agitated tempos may recall Horowitz, while his astoundingly clean textures and astonishingly clear colors may remind others of Brendel, yet Ying is ultimately his own man with his own interpretation and he tears into the "Appassionata" with a barely restrained frenzy but complete technical control…" "…for sheer super virtuoso thrills, few pianists can match what Ying does with the Toccata, and his recital is well worth hearing for that alone."


Tian Ying is currently chair of the Keyboard Performance Department at the prestigious Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.


THE BOSTON GLOBE "Ying's reputation is as a poet of the piano, an artist of rare sensitivity - One of the great events of the pianistic and musical season!"


"In the first major piano recital of the season, Tian Ying set the bar unimaginably high. If we are lucky others will play as well; no one is going to play better... Ying is an ideal Rachmaninoff pianist, an imaginative storyteller and landscape painter, tireless, passionate - and tasteful. And in Tian Ying's hands, a black box filled with hammers and strings become a treasure hoard of glints and colors."


THE TIMES (London) "Ying's Chopin was the most fascinating experience... His quality of sound is intensely imaginative, achieved and beautiful, with the capacity for largeness and fullness, and he showed in his phrasing a courtesy towards the music, inviting it rather than applying force, that was rare. ...this is an undemonstrative and unpretentious musician."


THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR "This was mesmerizing, poetic, unforgettable musicianship."


THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER "Mr. Ying's exquisite exploration of the piano produced some of the most beautiful playing..."


FANFARE "For even more impressive than his technique is the quality of interpretations, which steadfastly refuse to fall into any stylistic niche. On one hand, his playing is often modernistically sharp, even biting. One the other hand, his pearly legato and artfully sculpted dynamics can seduce your ear. What remains absolutely consistent from beginning to end, though, is the freshness of his musical vision."


THE COURIER-JOURNAL of LOUISVILLE "Seldom have I encountered an account of this concerto (Rachmaninoff No.3) that was as expertly articulated… and by its close, the performance had confirmed its undeniable stature."


THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN "Ying's performance was not only perfect, it was joyous, playful, even original... His energy, his drive, his phrasing breathed new life."


CHICAGO TRIBUNE "Ying has individual ideas; he can clearly do anything he wants at the piano. But he is far too intelligent and sensitive to waste his big technique in superficial display. There is an integrity to his pianism that commands respect."


IRISH TIMES "Tian Ying's playing of Chopin was so individual, so subversive of convention, that it startled. Yet it was so integrated that it made one think anew about well-known music. Above all, it is an extraordinary idea, sustained by extraordinary disciplined imagination."


OAKLAND TRIBUNE "Under Ying's touch, the piano's string virtues were elegantly emphasized. The result was a thrilling, cohesive success. Ying showed that he is a pianist of immense power, but with fine poetic sense of interpretation."


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