Visiting ArtistJoel Fan, piano
The Williams College Department of Music presents pianist Joel Fan on Friday, February 28, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. Mr. Fan will also preside over a master class with Williams piano students at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
As part of Williams Visiting Artist series, Joel Fan presents an exciting concert of solo piano works. His program is a mixture of old and new, and promises an evening of musical contrasts. The first half presents music of the 19th century with Richard Wagner’s Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, followed by Johannes Brahms’s Sechs Klavierstücke, and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Franz Liszt. Following the intermission, Mr. Fan presents Vem ca Branquinha by Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Alma Brasileira, Dia Succari’s La Nuit du Destin, and George Gershwin’s masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue.
About Joel Fan
Joel Fan has been hailed by critics as having “uncanny technical skill …” (Washington Post) and as possessing playing that is “the picture of textural clarity” and a “probing intellect and vivid imagination” (New York Times). Mr. Fan has established himself as a seeker of unusual works and the way they intermingle with classic standards of the past. His album World Keys features five world premiere recordings and ten composers from ten different countries, including Peteris Vasks, Dia Succari, Qigang Chen, Adnan Saygun, as well as Prokofiev, Liszt, and Schumann. West of The Sun displays his “spice and pizzazz …,” with readings of Barber, Bolcom, Ginastera, Gottschalk, Piazzolla, and Villa-Lobos, and two little-known works by Amy Beach and the African-American composer Margaret Bonds.
Mr. Fan is active as a chamber musician. He has played with The Shanghai String Quartet, The Enso String Quartet, and the Imani Winds. He began his performing career with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, as a winner of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert Auditions. He studied at the Juilliard Pre-College Division as a student of Katherine Parker and Martin Canin. Mr. Fan received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. He has won several international competitions, including the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, the Kosciuzko Foundation’s Chopin Prize, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Mr. Fan is a Steinway Artist.