Wayman Chin, Dean, piano, chamber music, collaborative piano
Pianist Wayman Chin has performed widely throughout the United States and Asia. In the United States, his concerts have included performances at Princeton University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Jordan Hall in Boston, at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and on the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco. In the Far East, Mr. Chin has appeared at Tsuen Wan Town Hall in Hong Kong, and in the Philippines, on the Sala Foundation concert series, and at the residence of the US Ambassador in Manila. His playing has been described as, “transcendental….long lines spun like glorious gold thread,” “ferociously concentrated….intense, focused, and musically astute,” (Boston Herald) and “vividly characterized and atmospheric.” (Stamford Mercury, UK)
An advocate of new music, Mr. Chin has premiered a number of works by noted composers, including those of Paul Brust, Marti Epstein and Meyer Kupferman; he has also introduced several works of Aaron Jay Kernis to Boston audiences. Of Chin’s performance of Kernis’ song cycle Valentines, with soprano Karyl Ryczek, David Cleary of 21st Century Music wrote, “Wayman Chin traversed the formidable challenges of the piano part with conspicuous success. His highly demonstrative performing style excellently suited the work’s forthright nature.”
Mr. Chin is a devoted performer of chamber music and has collaborated with artists such as the Cassatt String Quartet and the Pacifica Quartet; oboists Keisuke Wakao and Robert Sheena; flutist Aralee Dorough; cellists Thomas Kraines and David Wells; violinists Eric Rosenblith and Toby Appel; violist Masumi Per Rostad, and sopranos Karyl Ryczek, Nancy Armstrong, and Maria Jette.
A committed teacher, Mr. Chin has been honored with the Longy School's George Seaman Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching. He has taught at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, the Stamford International Music Festival in Great Britain and at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Mr. Chin has also been a contributing writer to Opera News.
Wayman Chin earned a Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, from the University of Hartford's Hartt School and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. While at Yale, he was awarded an Ellen Battell Stoeckel fellowship for chamber music study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk. His principal teachers and mentors were Anne Koscielny, Donald Currier, Raymond Hanson, and Joan Panetti.