Esther Shin Chuang

June 27, 2018, 12:15 pm

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Pianist Ester-Shin Chuang joins us under the Tiffany glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center with a program of music by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Bolcom.

An award-winning pianist, Chuang has performed on four continents: North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has shared music and given concerts in the United States, Canada, Uganda, Kenya, Korea, Taiwan, Haiti, Jamaica, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., Italy, and Austria.

Her journey of music began when she began playing the piano at the age of four. She gave her first solo concert in the US and in Korea when she was seven years old and has continued to perform in numerous prestigious venues like New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As the winner of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Festival, she performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra on Soloists of Tomorrow Concert. She has won numerous competitions including the 11th Zimmerli Piano Competition, 19th International Young Artist Competition, Associated Teachers of Music League Young Artist Competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, and the Manchester Young Artist Competition.

She has participated in the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Beethoven Institute, Brevard Music Festival, the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Austria, and the Aspen Music Festival for five summers as a full scholarship recipient.

Along with her husband, Tony Chuang, speaker and preacher, they travel around the world, sharing words and music. She shares her gift of music not only in concert halls, but also in venues such as schools, homeless shelters, and juvenile detention centers, encouraging those who feel hopeless.

Esther Chuang earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She also studied as a scholarship student in the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School in New York City. Her piano teachers include Ann Schein, Boris Slutsky, Ernest Barretta, Sandra Shen, and Un- Young Whang.

She has taught music as an adjunct faculty in the Music Department of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

Biography courtesy of the International Music Foundation

  • Nocturne in B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1, by Frédéric Chopin

  • Étude Op. 10, No. 12 “Revolutionary Étude”, by Frédéric Chopin

  • Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20, by Frédéric Chopin

  • Liebesträume No. 3, Franz Liszt

  • Prelude, Op. 32, No. 12, by Sergei Rachmaninoff

  • Prelude from 5 Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, by Sergei Rachmaninoff