21 February 2013
Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall
About the artist
Kawai Chan has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in Italy, Austria, and throughout the United States. She has performed with the Orchestra della Foundazione Salina in Arona, Italy and was invited to give a solo recital by the Associazione Culturale Ensemble XXI in Milan. Kawai was awarded first prize in both the Mary Hayes North competition at Ithaca College and the Empire State Piano competition in New York. In addition to playing standard repertoire, Kawai has often collaborated with composers to promote and premier new music. She continuously performed at the premiers concerts for the graduate composition students during her doctoral studies at Michigan State University. In addition to performing, Kawai had maintained a teaching studio in the United States for the past 10 years.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kawai had moved to the U.S. at the age of seventeen. She started piano lessons at a very young age in Hong Kong, and received all her music degrees in the U.S. Recently graduated with a doctoral degree in piano performance from Michigan State University, where she also received a Master’s degree in Music Theory Pedagogy, Kawai also holds a Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor degree from Ithaca College, both in piano performance. Her teachers include Read Gainsford, Boris Slutsky and Geroge Vatchnadze.