Biography

“He is without question one of the most brilliant pianists I have ever taught and heard.” 
- Seymour Bernstein

Praised by critics for his poetic and lyrical style, Jiyang Chen made his concerto debut at the age of seventeen with the Ruby Mountain Symphony Orchestra and performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as well as the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

He received his Master’s in Piano Performance from New York University, studying under the tutelage of Seymour Bernstein, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder as a recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the George Eastman Grant. Prior to that, he studied privately with James Winn at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He has participated in the PianoTexas Festival in Fort Worth as well as the Heifetz International Festival, and has received masterclasses and lessons from Andre Watts, Stephen Hough, Jeremy Denk, Jon Nakamatsu Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Jose Feghali. In chamber music and collaborative music, he has received coachings from Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Mikhail Kopelman, Oleh Krysa, Jean Barr, Zvi Zeitlin and members of the Ying Quartet.

Jiyang served as Adjunct Faculty at New York University and is also a photographer.  His portfolio can be seen here.

© 2012 Jiyang Chen