PianoSummer at New Paltz announces the winner of the 2014 Jacob Flier International Piano Competition

L to R - Ryo Kaneko, Hui Shan Chin, Andrew BoylePianoSummer at New Paltz is pleased to announce that Hui Shan Chin is the first place winner of the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition. The final round of this prominent competition was held at the State University of New York at New Paltz on July 23.

Second and third place winners of the Flier Competition are Ryo Kaneko and Andrew Boyle respectively.

Chin will perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor at the Symphony Gala with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Vladimir Feltsman conducting, on Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.

Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1990, Chin began her musical education at the age of three. Chin is a laureate of many national and international music competitions. Her accolades include top prizes in the Seattle International Piano Competition, HSBC Classics Piano Competition, ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition, and the 5 Towns Music and Arts Piano Competition. Her list of first prizes includes the Kuala Lumpur Festival of Music (2002) and more recently, the Entergy Young Texas Artist competition (2014).

After her early training with Ng Chong Lim, Chin moved to the United States in 2007 to attend Bard College Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Peter Serkin and Jeremy Denk. She has also worked with composer Joan Tower. She completed a master’s degree in piano performance under Dr. Robert Roux at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and is currently studying with him in the school’s elite Artist Diploma Program.

Chin has captivated audiences with her artistry at various venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Richard Fisher Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Bunkamura Orchard Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, among others. Equally adept as soloist and chamber musician, she has performed with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra as winner of Rice University’s piano concerto competition. Chin has participated in numerous piano master classes and has had the distinct honor to play for many distinguished artists including Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jon Kimura Parker. During the 2014-2015 concert season, she is scheduled to play with the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, Symphony North of Houston and the Lake Charles Symphony.

The Gala’s program includes Verdi “La forza del destino,” Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Hui Shan Chin) and Shostakovish’s Symphony #1.

Ticket prices for the Gala are $39 reserved public, $34 reserved seniors (62+), SUNY faculty/staff, and students. To purchase tickets visit www.newpaltz.edu/piano, or call the Box Office at (845) 257-3880, Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.