|“Sonorous Brushes”, “Piano Steampunk” and
“Acqua Alta”, by Jenny Q Chai
American-Chinese pianist Jenny Q Chai’s understanding of music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Robert Schumann, Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean-Sébastien Bach, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
Also passionate about contemporean music, she has strong relationships with a range of contemporary composers, including Marco Stroppa, Jarosław Kapuściński, and György Kurtág.
In this showcase program, she presents a contemporary interpretation of great classical music works through three of her favorite programs: “Sonorous Brushes”, where she combines science and music, “Acqua Alta”, where the video representations of Dr. Ian Fenty on climate change will be featured, and “Piano Steampunk”, where the intelligence program Antescofo rubs the works of Jarosław Kapuściński and John Cage.
“Jenny Q Chai demonstrated true affinity for contemporary music throughout the challenging program she played on Thursday night at Zankel Hall...playing with resourceful technique and sensitivity...her playing was admirable for its refinement and directness...” – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
- Claude Debussy, Etudes Pour les quartes (Fourth)
- György Ligeti, Musica Ricercata No.1
- John Cage, The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs