EDNA YUAN-YUAN CHIA, Pianist
Dr. Edna Yuan-Yuan Chia
Adjunct Assistant professor, Keyboard Faculty
National Taiwan Normal University School of Music
University of Taiepi, Department of Music
University of Southern California, DMA'05, MM'00
National Taiwan Normal University, BM'97
An active concert pianist, Edna Yuan-Yuan Chia has performed at numerous prestigious venues throughout the United States, Canada, China, and Taiwan. Her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in November 2004 resulted in a highly praised review on “New York Concert Review” magazine and consecutive concert engagements. Her recital debut at Taiwan National Recital Hall in 2007 was tremendously successful, and followed by her several solo recital returns with thrilling performance include full programs of etudes and transcriptions, sonatas, twentieth century works, and the quintessence of the French piano works, to name a few.
Ms. Chia has distinguished herself with numerous prizes and awards including: the Special Presentation Award of Artists International Presentation New York debut series; the annual Selected Artist of “I PAPITTI soloists” presented in chamber concert series by Young Artists International, Los Angeles; the selected artist of the Los Angeles County “Sundays at Two” concert series; Gold medal in piano and Gold medals in composition from National Taiwan Music Competition; Silver prize from Carmel Music Society International Piano Competition; Silver prizes of National Taiwan Normal University Concerto Competition; Ensemble Awards from USC keyboard department; Scholarship awards from Leni Fe Bland Foundation and USC Thornton School of Music; and the winner of MTAC Concerto Competition Southern California division. She has also been the finalist in USC Concerto Competition; the "Arising Stars" Competition hosted by Taipei Philharmonic Foundation; and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Ms. Chia was also appointed as competition jury at National Taiwan Music Competitions, YAMAHA Taiwan piano competition, YAMAHA Scholarship Competition, Taiwan Cultural Cup Competitions, New Art organization Young Artists Showcase competitions, the annual National Taiwan music high schools entrance auditions, and the annual National Taiwan undergraduate music schools entrance examinations and auditions.
Edna’s concert appearances include solo recitals, chamber concerts and several new music premiere. She has presented herself at festivals and concert series include “the 2nd International Viola Festival, Beijing”, “Taipei Symphony Orchestra soloists series- the Romance Trio”, “Banff Music Festival”, “Sundays at Two concert series”, “I PALPITTI Soloists chamber concerts”, “The cultural visit and concert series at Hunan”, “A confluence of cultures- Echoes from the Pacific Rim”, “Taipei Cultural Center weekends concerts series”, “ Taiwan Piano Podium 10th anniversary concert”, “USC Taiwan music alumni concerts”, “The affiliated senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University alumni concerts”, “NTNU composition faculty new music premiere”, and many others; and given concerts at The Weill recital hall of the Carnegie hall; Taiwan National Concert Hall and the Recital Hall; the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada; Bing Theater of Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Beverly Hills Library and Municipal Gallery; Sunset Performing Art Center at Carmel-By-The-Sea; the County Performing Art Centers in several metropolitan cities of Taiwan; USC Alfred Newman Hall and Arnold Schoenberg Institute; Southern Methodist University in Taos, New Mexico; National Taiwan Normal University Recital Hall; Hunan Normal University Concert Hall, China, and affiliated high school of Beijing Central Conservatory Concert Hall. Ms. Chia’s live performance was also broadcasted by KMZT 105.1 and KUSC 91.5.
A native of Taiwan, Edna Yuan-Yuan Chia completed Bachelor degree in piano performance in 1997 from National Taiwan Normal University. She was awarded Master of Music in 2000, and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance in 2005 at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, with an honor nomination as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda association. Her primary teachers include world renowned pianists and professors Bernadene Blaha, Daming Zhu, Kung-Chin Lin and Ruth Hsueh-Yu Tung. Other fields of studies include under the directions with Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Dr. Lucinda Carver in Instrumental Conducting, and Dr. Robert Moore in Music Analysis. Ms. Chia formerly taught at the department of Music in National Chiayi University. Since 2006, Ms. Chia became as the adjunct assistant professor and keyboard faculty at the department of music, University of Taipei. Ms. Chia started works at 2009 as an adjunct assistant professor and keyboard faculty at her alma mater National Taiwan Normal University School of Music. Besides studio teachings, Ms. Chia has directed Music Analysis, Harmonization, Keyboard Harmonies, Piano Chamber Music, and Music Performance Classes, and direct research with graduate students at both University of Taipei and NTNU. Ms. Chia has also been invited to give masterclasses at several music schools.
As a pedagogue, Ms. Chia has given lectures very often by invitations. She was invited by National Taipei University of Education to give a lecture and thesis of “The research of Sound, Color and Technique in Debussy’s Etudes pour les “cinq doigts” d’après Monsieur Czerny, pour les Tierces, pour les Octaves, pour les Degrés chromatiques, and pour les Arpèges composes”. She was invited by YAMAHA foundation, KHS music podium, Tainan Music Teachers league, the keyboard division of University of Taipei and Shih-Chien University to give lectures include “A structural hearing in music- to really hear the harmonic progressions, counterpoint between voices, and musical colors”, “Basic skills- How to practice scales and arpeggios”, “To examine your piano playing- use your fingers, arms, and body adequately”, “Feeling the movement inside of the music- truly experience the pulse, breathe, and the musical dance character”, “An introduction of 20th century piano music”, “An introduction of 20th century American piano works”, and “An introduction of Shenkerian Analysis”. Ms. Chia has been interviewed by Voice of Han Broadcasting Network FM 106.5, New Art organization, and National Nangang High School Journal. She was the bilingual interpreter at Prof. Don Freund (Indiana Univ.) “The thorough look of the Bach Well- Tempered Clavier” lecture, and Prof. Dennis Thurmond (Univ. Southern California) “Music Improvisation Workshop”.
Ms. Chia’s most recent activities are the solo recital “French Quintessence”, features the program of Messiaen selected Preludes, Debussy selected Preludes and Etudes, Debussy Image I, and Faure Variation; and a chamber recital with cellist Dr. Hsieh, I-Hsuan, features program of Dvorak four romantic pieces op. 75, Suk Ballade and Serenade, op. 3, Janacek Pohadka, Martinu Nocturn and Sonata no.2; a solo recitals at Steinway Gallery Pasadena, CA, and a solo recital at University of Wyoming as one of the invited guest artists concerts series; and a lecture invitation by YAMAHA foundation at coming October.