Pianist Wayman Chin, Dean of the Conservatory at Longy, has performed widely throughout the United States, Asia and the United Kingdom. In the United States, his concerts include performances at Princeton University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts and 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.
Wayman Chin’s playing has been described as, “transcendental, long lines spun like glorious gold thread,” “ferociously concentrated, intense, focused, and musically astute” (Boston Herald), “vividly characterized and atmospheric,” (Stamford Mercury, U.K.) and “sheer magic….every note is colored.”(the Freeman, Philippines).
Devoted to chamber music playing, Mr. Chin has collaborated with artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Cassatt String Quartet, violinist Eric Rosenblith, violist Masumi Rostad, cellist Thomas Kraines, oboist Keisuke Wakao, sopranos Nancy Armstrong and Maria Jette and baritone Thomas Meglioranza. For twelve seasons, he appeared regularly as a member of the artist faculty at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival and has also performed and taught at the Stamford International Music Festival in England.
An advocate of new music, Wayman Chin has premiered a number of works by noted composers, including those of Scott Wheeler, Marti Epstein, Jeremy Van Buskirk, John McDonald, and Paul Brust; he has also introduced several works of Aaron Jay Kernis to Boston audiences. Of Chin’s performance of Kernis’ 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.”
Wayman Chin earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. His principal teachers and mentors were Donald Currier, Anne Koscielny, Joan Panetti, and Raymond Hanson. He has served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and on the Music Program Faculty of the Winter Cycle at the Banff Centre. Mr. Chin’s recent activities include recitals at Dickinson College and Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, along with master classes in Taiwan (National Taichung University of Education); Hong Kong (Hong Kong Baptist University); the Philippines (University of Santo Tomas) and Canada (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.)