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About Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan
Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan, is a solo and chamber pianist, a recording artist and a distinguished teacher. He performed in various locations such as the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He enjoys playing wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to late Romantic era. Critics have praised Ngan's playing as “sensitive, dramatic... full of expression, with emotional depth and understanding.”Ngan has performed in prestigious international music festivals, including Sarasota Music Festival in Florida and Festival Orford in Canada. He collaborates with various artists and is a founding member of Ensemble Finesse. His performance was broadcasted on Radio Television Hong Kong.Born in Hong Kong, Ngan received full scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund in 2003 to pursue his graduate studies with Edward Auer in the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His important mentors include Edward Auer, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart and Mary Wu. He is also enthusiastic about Early music and music theory. He studied Early music, harpsichord and fortepiano performance with Professor Elisabeth Wright and Eva Legene; and music theory with Professor Robert Hatten.His musical and knowledgeable teaching establishes him as one of the most sought-after teachers in Hong Kong. He was invited as a guest professor by the Edward Auer Piano Workshop at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2017. He has served as an artist faculty in Parsons Music Academy since 2012 and was appointed as an adjunct lecturer and associate instructor in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Professor Ngan was frequently invited as a jury member in competitions. His masterclasses and lessons are in great demand. His students received offers from renowned music schools such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and are frequent prize-winners in competitions.Ngan has engaged in numerous recording projects. Apart from solo pieces, he has recorded some chamber music recently, including Brahms' Piano Trio in A minor Op. 114, Clarinet Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1, Cello Sonata in E minor Op. 38, J. S. Bach's Flute Sonatas and Schumann's Three Pieces op. 73.
Ngan’s principal mentors include Edward Auer, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart and Mary Wu. He performed in master-classes of world renowned artists such as Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, Claude Frank, Marc Durand, John Perry, Anton Kuerti, Susan Starr, Henri Brassard and Geoffery Pratley. He is also a devoted chamber musician whose groups were coached by Jano Starker, Shigeo Neriki, Timothy Eddy, Helga Winold, Atar Arad, Muricio Fuks, Timothy Noble, Theresa Kubiak and Patricia Wise. Besides modern piano repertoires, he is enthusiastic about Early music and music theory. He studied Early music, harpsichord and fortepiano performance with Professor Elisabeth Wright and Eva Legene; music theory with Professor Robert Hatten.
Mischa was born in Hong Kong. His musical interest began at the age of 8 when he heard his friend playing a lullaby on the piano. Since his first acquaintance with the piano, he was particularly interested in it and loved to listen piano concerti by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms.
Ngan found himself born for music at the age of 19 when he pursued Bachelor of Business Adminstration degree in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and started taking music classes as a music minor student. Finally, he completed both the business degree and the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in the same school. Upon the graduation, his continuing study in the Indiana University School of Music was supported by the full scholarship from Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
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Mischa holds deep affinity to classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms. One of the major influences on his musical interpretation is the
extensive training in Baroque music from the Indiana University Early Music department. He took Baroque performance practice, ornamentation and improvisation classes. Meanwhile, he keeps up his interest in contemporary composers. In one of his recent concerts, he performed an all-American-composer-concert with Soprano Sarah Jensvold. He enjoys performing as a soloist, a chamber musician and a recording artist. The CD album “Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan - Live Recital” was his first release from his recording projects.
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