Jenny Q Chai 是一位具有非凡洞察力的杰出钢琴家，其作品曾激发跨世纪音乐碰撞，广为人知。她依靠敏锐的捕捉力，将自幼的音乐训练与最新的电子音乐、人工智能、环境研究结合起来，创立了多层次多媒体项目，并举办了探索与连接科学、自然和艺术元素的各种活动。“曾师从法国钢琴家皮埃尔-洛朗·埃玛尔的柴琼妍，现在正朝着更加电子化的音乐之路迈去……”《纽约时报》
Jenny Q Chai 在上海和纽约都有固定演出，她古典底蕴深厚，尤擅舒曼、斯卡拉蒂、贝多芬、巴赫、德彪西、拉威尔的作品，这些都加强了她对新音乐的本能理解力。而且，她对于20世纪音乐大师，如约翰•凯奇、梅西安、库泰格、利盖蒂等的阐释也十分著名。她曾与包括尼尔斯•维格朗、马可•斯特罗帕、雅若斯洛•卡普辛斯基、辛迪•考克斯等在内的一系列著名当代作曲家密切合作。她用灵巧的诗意笔触，将风格多样的作曲家与曲目编织成了辉煌明晰的锦绣篇章。
她将自己对于音乐的多角度理解加入了她在上海创办并经营的上海飞思乐国际音乐学院，为海内外音乐家提供音乐教育和国际交流的机会。同时，她也是纽约现代音乐组织Ear to Mind指导委员会的委员。
在德国电台录制的《Ensemble 20/21》（演奏汉斯·艾斯勒的作品）和ApraViva录制的《New York Love Songs》钢琴独奏唱片中，柴琼妍的音乐才能展露无遗。她的尼尔斯·维格朗独奏音乐CD（其中包括“Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai)”）将在2014年秋季由NAXOS唱片在全球发行。
Jenny Q Chai 是Yvar Mikhashoff 基金会2011年钢琴家/作曲家推广计划获得者，“通向未来”国际当代钢琴比赛一等奖获得者，2010年德国政府DAAD国际学术交流音乐艺术奖得主。Jenny Q 先后就读于上海音乐学院、柯蒂斯音乐学院、纽约曼哈顿音乐学院。她曾经师从皮埃尔-洛朗·埃玛尔、西摩尔·里普金、所罗门·米可夫斯基、当代钢琴大师安东尼·德·麦尔。她在曼哈顿音乐学院的博士论文与现代钢琴家Marilyn Nonken合作,研究意大利作曲家Marco Stroppa及其作品。
An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With razor-sharp intention, Chai integrates her prodigy’s training with personal fascinations in the latest in live electronics, artificial intelligence, and environmental research, creating layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with [Pierre-Laurent] Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” The New York Times
On the 28th of October this month, she is going to give performance to “Juicy” composed by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski during the New Art Festival held by Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Department of Digital Media Art.
Based both in Shanghai and New York City, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. She is also a noted interpreter of 20th-century masters Cage, Messiaen, Kurtág, and Ligeti. And her career is threaded through with strong relationships and close collaborations with a range of notable contemporary composers, including Nils Vigeland, Marco Stroppa, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, and Cindy Cox, among others. With a deft poetic touch, Chai weaves these wide-ranging composers and repertoire into a gorgeous and lucid musical tapestry.
Chai has won acclaim for performances in New York City, at Carnegie Hall (Zankel), (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Symphony Space. She has appeared in Chicago and Baltimore; throughout Germany, Belgium, Spain; and at the Gaudeamus New Music and the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music. In China, she has appeared regularly at the Shanghai Concert Hall, and is widely known as a leading advocate for contemporary music, having given the Chinese premiere of numerous contemporary masterworks, including works by Messiaen, Cage, and the very first prepared piano concert in the country.
Her immersive approach to music is also channeled into her work with FaceArt Institute of Music, the Shanghai-based organization she founded and runs, offering music education and an international exchange of music and musicians in China and beyond. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind.
Chai’s talents have been showcased on recordings with Ensemble 20/21 on the Deutschlandfunk label (performing music by Hanns Eisler) and as solo pianist/vocalist on ArpaViva’s New York Love Songs. Her solo disc of music by Nils Vigeland, including Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai), will be released by Naxos in the fall of 2014.
The recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Jenny Q Chai studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Germany with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Her teachers include Aimard, Seymour Lipkin, Solomon Mikowsky, and Anthony de Mare, as well as close consultation with Marilyn Nonken, Chai’s thesis adviser for her doctoral dissertation, Manifesto on Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose.