Circle guest hits the right notes

North FYlde Music Circle - Chiao-Ying Chang
North FYlde Music Circle - Chiao-Ying Chang
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The second North Fylde Music Circle concert of its present series takes place tomorrow in the new concert hall at Blackpool Sixth Form College, when Taiwanese pianist, Chiao-Ying Chang makes a welcome return.

Described in reviews as “a true artist of elegance, thoughtfulness, passion and immense power,” Chiao-Ying Chang has distinguished herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she began her piano studies aged five. As a child prodigy she won first prizes at both the Taiwan National Piano Competition and Kawai Competition for Young Pianists and gave her debut recital in the following year aged just 12.

She continued her studies before winning a full scholarship to London’s Royal Academy of Music in 1997.

In 2003/04 she was awarded the Hodgson fellowship and in 2007 completed the MMus course with Distinction and a DipRAM, the Academy’s highest award.

She won fifth prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2003, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No.4 in the Finals with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder and immediately went on to win the first Taiwan International Piano Competition and many other events.

She was selected for representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London since 2001.

Her debut album of the complete Schubert Impromptus, D899 and D935 was released in 2005 and a new album of a collection of 29 works by Chopin was recorded and released in 2010 in Japan.

Chiao-Ying is also a chamber musician and is now a member of the Fournier Piano Trio, with violinist Sulki Yu and cellist Pei-Jee Ng. The Trio has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2010/11, winner of a Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF Recital Award and Tunnell Trust Award, and will be appearing in the New Year Series at the Southbank in January.

The recital starts at 7.30pm. Parking is free.