Pianist Zhang Chin-chuan is the winner of many international piano competitions, including first prize and best etude playing in Los Angeles Franz Liszt International Piano Competition (Category C, age 17-32), second prize in Barcelona “Ciudad de Manresa” International Piano Competition, second prize in Santander “Ataurfo Argenta" international piano competition in Spain, and third prize in Salerno “Le Muse" international piano competition in Italy. He was sent to study at Madrid Royal Conservatory in Spain as a Ministry of Education-certified child prodigy in music. He returned home in 2000 to teach after receiving a doctoral degree in piano playing. He is currently a full-time teacher at National Taipei University of Education.
Zhang began learning piano as a child under his father’s guidance before receiving tutoring from Prof. Wu Jizha. He won the national Kawai Piano Competition, and went on to win first prizes in national-level competitions both in child and junior categories. He was admitted to the Madrid Royal Conservatory at 14 with a record-high admission test score. He studied piano with maestro Fernando Puchol and won Premio de Honor in international competitions, including Jaen “Marisa Montiel” and Barcelona “Maria Canals” International Youth Piano Competition. He was chosen to join the “Young Musicians" European tour series sponsored by Fundacion “Juan March." He graduated from the academy with the highest score (Sorpresariente) and won the special Mencion de Honor award.
In 1990, he was awarded a scholarship by Manhattan School of Music and went to study in the United States under Prof. Solomon Mikowsky and Prof. Donn-Alexander Feder. He won first prize in concerto playing in the campus music competition and collected several other wins in the U.S., including Manhattanville Symphony Concerto Competition and Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. After obtaining a master’s degree in 1993, he received a full scholarship from College-Conservatory of Music under the University of Cincinnatithe and studied with pianist William Black. He then received an assistantship for the pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
During his 16 years of travels in Europe and the U.S., he frequently received guidance from Russian pianist Lev Vlazenco and Austrian pianist Hans Graf. He was busy with concert performances after returning to Taiwan. NewArt Inc. organized a number of piano recitals for him at the National Recital Hall to perform two Chopin sonatas and the entire etudes d’execution transcendante by Franz Liszt. He also collaborated with NTU Symphony Orchestra to perform Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Taiwan’s first such performance, at National Concert Hall. He was invited to participate in the “The Guernica Project” concerts in Manila. He performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Changsha with Hunan Symphony Orchestra and was invited to ”La Lonja” concert hall in Orihuela, Spain, to hold a piano recital.
In 2009 and 2010, he was invited to teach at the Youth International Piano Camp by National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was invited to the 6th “Ciudad de Orihuela" International Music Camp in Spain, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris’s “BELLARTE-EMS" international music camp, and the fourth Spanish “Torrelodones" international music camp. In 2008, his book “Angel, Devil, and Liszt” was published by Tu & Du International Co., Ltd. His academic research articles in Taiwan covered the following topics: teaching romanticism – Liszt; teaching romanticism – Chopin; the golden age of Spanish piano music; the style and background of Spanish piano music and the piano teaching traditions in Madrid Royal Conservatory; Liszt’s “etudes d’execution transcendante" – heritage and development of piano skills in the 19th century; Beethoven and Enlightenment ideas; exploration into Chopin’s music ideas through his letters. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a governance committee member of the National Zhongzheng Cultural Center. In addition to being a full-time professor at the National Taipei University of Education, he is also teaches at National Taiwan University and The Affiliated Senior High School of NTNU, and is an exclusive artist for Tu & Du International Co., Ltd.
- Doctor of Music Arts, U. of Cincinnati
- Piano music study
- Piano education study
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