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About Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan

Mischa Chun-Wai Ngan, as a solo and chamber pianist, performed in various locations such as the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He is the founding member of Ensemble Finesse and participated in many prestigious international music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival in Florida and Festival Orford in Canada. His performance have been broadcasted on Radio Television Hong Kong. He also served as an adjudicator in numerous competitions held in the United States and Hong Kong; his students won top prizes in competitions. His masterclasses, workshops, lectures are popular and very well-received. Ngan was appointed as an adjunct lecturer and associate instructor by the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was pursuing the Doctor of Music in Piano Literature and Performance degree under the direction of Professor Edward Auer, who was the first American to win a prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2003, he received full scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund to pursue Master of Music degree in the same school.

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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