The New York Times acclaimed that Pianist Joel Fan’s playing maintains “probing intellect and vivid imagination” and that “Mr. Fan has a big sound and a powerful touch. His playing was the picture of textural clarity, played with the sparkled and rhythmic suppleness of a jazz improviser.” The Washington Post also noted that Mr. Fan maintains “uncanny technical skill…” and possesses playing that is “the picture of textural clarity.”
Making his performing debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, internationally-renowned Pianist Joel Fan is considered one of the most dynamic and accomplished musicians today. A native of New York City, Mr. Fan studied at the Juilliard School, Harvard University, and the Peabody Conservatory. He won several internationally-renowned competitions, including the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, the Kosciuzko Foundation’s Chopin Prize, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
Appearing with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, Mr. Fan has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and Singapore Symphony. The Boston Globe declared Mr. Fan a “champion of new music,” as he is passionate about expanding the repertoire for the piano, by embarking on a multi-year commissioning project of several works for solo piano, and for piano and orchestra. Mr. Fan is consistently acclaimed for his recitals, recordings, and appearances with orchestras throughout the world. His concerts attract a wide range of audiences, as he has eagerly embraced traditional piano literature as well as an eclectic range of repertoire, including new music commissioned especially for him, world music, and his own transcriptions.
Mr. Fan has collaborated with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma with the Baltimore Symphony, and Mr. Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble in performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and on the television shows, Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman.
As a recording artist, Mr. Fan’s two consecutive Billboard Top 10 Debuts Recordings, World Keys and West of the Sun have been praised by Gramophone Magazine. Minnesota Public Radio claimed that Mr. Fan creates programs that reflect a pianist who “takes you inside the music offering a deeper, more rewarding experience.” He recently completed a tour of South America and East Asia.