• Gloria Chien
    Gloria Chien,
    Associate Professor of Music

    B.M., M.M., D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music
    Email: gchien@leeuniversity.edu

    Pianist Gloria Chien has been picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the Year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” Richard Dyer praises her for “a wondrously rich palette of colors, which she mixes with dashing bravado and with an uncanny precision of calibration…Chien's performance had it all, and it was fabulous."

    Gloria began playing the piano at the age of five in her native Taiwan. She has a doctor of musical arts, a master’s and an undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Her teachers have included Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun.

    Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, Irwin Hoffman, Benjamin Zander, Robert Bernhardt and Felix Chen. She is a prize winner of the World Piano Competition, Harvard Musical Association Award and the San Antonio International Piano Competition, where she also received the prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. Chien has presented solo recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Harvard Musical Association, the Sanibel Musical Festival, the Caramoor Musical Festival, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

    An avid chamber musician, Chien has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000, a group known for its versatility and commitment to new music. The Boston Herald praises her for “ [playing] phenomenally.” Her recent CD with violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, featuring music of Grazyna Bacewicz, was released on Chandos Records. The International Record Review writes, “[the violinist] could ask for no more sensitive or supportive an accompanist than Gloria Chien.” Harmonie Magazine writes, “…but it would be unfair not to mention the pianist, who is accompanying the soloist in an absolutely responsive, impressive and confident way. She is more than an accompanist—rather, she is an equivalent partner to the soloist.” The Strad praises her for “super performances…accompanied with great character.” She also received fantastic reviews in Gramophone, American Record Guide, and Muzyka 21. Chien has participated in such festivals as Music Academy of the West, Verbier Music Festival and Music @ Menlo, where she was invited back to serve as a chamber coach, which she has done since 2007.

    Her recent performances include collaborations with the Daedalus String Quartet, the Jupiter String Quartet, Marc Johnson, Wu Han, Paul Neubauer, Andres Diaz, David Shifrin, Ani Kafavian, Ida Kafavian, Catherine Cho, Soovin Kim, Carolin Widmann, Edward Aaron and Anthony McGill. Duo recitals with pianist Ning An and the Beethoven Violin Sonatas Cycle with violinist James Buswell have been featured live on Boston’s WGBH. In the fall of 2004, Chien was named Assistant Professor of Music at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

    In fall of 2009, Gloria launched String Theory at the Hunter, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, as its founder and artistic director.

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