Ning An
piano | United States of America, °1976
 
Pianist Ning An, First Prize Winner of the 2003 William Kapell Piano Competition, made his concerto debut at the age of sixteen, performing the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has since appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and has worked with such conductors as Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Kasmierz Kord, Jajha Ling, and Sergiu Comissiona. Ning An has presented recitals at venues such as Carnegie Hall (NY), Salle Verdi (Milan, Italy) and Salle Cortot (Paris). He has been invited to perform at numerous festivals, including the International Chopin Festival in Duszinski, Poland, the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake City, New Hampshire's Monadnock Music Festival, the Bourglinster Festival in Luxembourg, and the Interlaken Music Festival in Switzerland. He was also a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic during their 2001 Centennial world tour.

A semi-finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition, Ning An was the Third Prize winner of the 1999 Queen Elisabeth Competition and First Prize Winner in the 2000 National Chopin Piano Competition. In addition, he received the Alfred Cortot Prize at the 2000 International Chopin Competition. Other top prizes include the American Pianists Association, the Kosciusko Chopin Competition, and the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. He was the Third Prize winner of the 2002 Paloma O'Shea Santander Competition in Spain, and won the audience prize at the 2002 Rachmaninoff International Competition held in Pasadena, California.

Ning An and his wife Gloria Chien perform as a piano duo. They are both graduates of the New England Conservatory of Music, where they studied with Russell Sherman. Ning An is now Artist-in-Residence and Gloria Chien heads the piano department at Lee University in Tennessee.

In 2009, An has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Morocco Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Miami, and Poland’s Kalisz and Lodz Philharmonic Orchestras. An also performed solo recitals in Paris, France, and Bialystock, Poland. In 2010 he played for the Steinway Society in San Jose and Music in the Loft in Chicago.
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