Si-Yo Artist™ Roster
Our artists are aspiring and professional musicians from the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Through their dedication to performances, education, and community service, they are our ambassadors of Western classical music. We provide our artists with international teaching and performance opportunities, an instrument lending program, and a support network of kindred souls who are diverse in talents and passions yet united in their love of music.
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Bio courtesy of Susan Chan
In her second New York recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in September 2007, the New York Concert Review described Susan Chan as “a thoughtful musician and a sensitive player.” The New Yorker called her “an energetic advocate for contemporary music.” The Fanfare magazine and the BBC Music Magazine praised her “great technical finesse” and “conspicuous refinement” in her playing on her CD recordings.
Ms. 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 is on the artist roster of the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation in New York. In her commissioning project with award-winning Chinese-American composers Zhou Long and Chen Yi, Zhou’s “Pianobells” and Chen’s “Northern Scenes” have been published by Oxford University Press and Theodore Presser Company respectively. She has performed in recitals and music festivals in the United States and Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her performances have taken place at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Cultural Center in Chicago, Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Dartington International Summer School in the UK, Chopin’s birth house in Zelazowa Wola, Steinway Halls in New York, London and Tokyo, as well as the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Dnepropetrovsk State Philharmonic in Ukraine, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra. She has performed chamber music with members of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony and Oregon Symphony.
Ms. Chan received “Special Citation for Championing Piano Music by Asian Composers” recognition in The American Prize Competition 2015. She also 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. In addition she was awarded the Diploma of Excellence in Piano Performance by the World Piano Teachers Association in 2011.
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.
Susan Chan is an active masterclass teacher, presenter and adjudicator. She has been guest artist at universities and schools of music on four continents, including the Royal College of Music in London, UK, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore, University of Sydney in Australia, and the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
She has lectured and performed at major conferences. Such meetings include the 2016 International Conference of the European Piano Teachers Association, the World Piano Conference, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, as well as national conferences of the College Music Society and state conferences of the Music Teachers National Association and Music Educators National Conference. In addition she has also published in Women of Note Quarterly.
She has adjudicated at competitions of the Seattle International Piano Festival, the MTNA competitions in Washington and Oregon States, the Vancouver Music Festival in Canada, the ENKOR Competition, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and a competition in Japan. Her students have won awards from the Seattle International Piano Competition, Bösendorfer International Piano Competition for Amateurs, MTNA Young Artist Competitions, Musicfest Northwest Festival, and the PSU Concerto Competitions.
Ms. Chan holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University and MPhil and BA 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, UK. Her major piano teachers include György Sebök, Menahem Pressler and Eleanor Wong. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Music and Piano Area Coordinator at Portland State University. In 2015 she founded the PSU Steinway Piano Series, in which national and international pianists are invited as guest artists. She also serves as Vice-President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the College Music Society and Program Chair of the Portland District Oregon Music Teachers Association.
In recognition of her creative work and achievements, the Oregon Arts Commission awarded Susan Chan with an Individual Artist Fellowship and a Career Opportunity Grant. She is also a recipient of a Community Engagement Grant from the College Music Society, a Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and a Faculty Enhancement Award and a Civic Engagement Award from Portland State University. She is listed in the 2000 edition of International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians Directory.