PianoSummer of New Paltz has announced a tie in its 2009 Jacob Flier International Piano Competition. The winners are Joey Chang and Yinfei Wang.

PianoSummer of New Paltz has announced a tie in its 2009 Jacob Flier International Piano Competition. The winners are Joey Chang and Yinfei Wang.

As winners, Chang and Wang will perform with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at the Symphony Gala at 8 p.m. Friday. The show is at the McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz.

PianoSummer Artistic Director Vladimir Feltsman and judges chose Chang, 13, and Wang, 23, over second-place finisher Hyo Ju Lee, 24, and third-place finisher Laehyung Woo, 24.

Tickets for the Symphony Gala are $37 general reserved, $32 reserved senior/student/staff. They can be purchased by calling the box office at 257-3880.

For more information, visit www.newpaltz.edu/piano

PianoSummer announces the winners of the
Jacob Flier International Piano Competition

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Born in Columbus, Ohio, to Taiwanese American parents, Joey (IanJoe) Chang’s early exposure to piano came from his older sister. He was soon drawn to the piano’s sound for its “texture, color, and possibility.” Featured as the solo artist at the second international festival of the Well Prepared Pianist Institute in 2006, Mr. Chang garnered awards as a solo pianist and as part of a piano team ensemble from local and international piano competitions, including Arizona Musicfest, Arizona Young Artists, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, and the Gina Bachauer Piano Team Competition.

Mr. Chang’s passion for music further expands to composition appearing as a junior original composer in the U.S. National Concert of the Yamaha Education System at age 7. He has written music for solo piano and small ensembles. Mr. Chang is 13-years old and will enter the 9th grade at Peggy Payne Academy in Tempe, Arizona this fall. The Symphony Gala will mark Mr. Chang’s first concerto performance.

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PianoSummer Faculty with Flier winners Joey Chang and Yinfei Wang

Yinfei Wang, born in Shanghai, began his musical training at the age of four, and took top prizes at several national competitions at age seven. At seven, he gave his first public performance at the Shanghai Concert Hall. Mr. Wang won third prize in the 2005 Sandner Cross-Taiwan Straight Piano Competition, and the special award in the 2007 Shanghai Conservatory Piano Competition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

About PianoSummer at New Paltz Festival/Institute

PianoSummer at New Paltz is unparalleled in its quality and artistic excellence. The Institute and Festival – under the artistic direction of internationally renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman – is now in its 14th year at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

During the three-week Institute, approximately 35 gifted piano students from around the globe call New Paltz home. Under the guidance of the Institute’s superb collection of faculty, these young musician experience daily private lessons, lectures, master classes, recitals, and festival concerts. This integrated approach to learning and performance propels them to the next level of skill and confidence, and helps them to find their place in the next generation of musicians. This year’s faculty includes Paul Ostrovsky (Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase), Alexander Korsantia (New England Conservatory, Boston), Phillip Kawin (Manhattan School of Music), Susan Starr (Rutgers University), Robert Hamilton, (Arizona State University School of Music), and Vladimir Feltsman (SUNY New Paltz and Mannes College of Music, NYC). Guest faculty includes Haesun Paik (director of the Busan Music Festival, Korea), Robert Roux (Rice University Shepherd School of Music), Yong Hi Moon, Peabody Conservatory of Music).

The PianoSummer Festival includes four concerts that expose audiences to thrilling and masterful talents of renowned pianists. Artists with both established and escalating careers make a special effort to perform at Piano Summer at New Paltz because the combination of enthusiastic public, distinguished students and faculty, and the scenic Hudson Valley provide all of the ingredients of an exceptional experience to audience and performer alike. This year’s guest artists included Alexei Lubimov and Anthony Newman.

Tickets for the Symphony Gala with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic are $37 general reserved, $32 reserved senior/student/staff. They can be purchased by calling the Box Office, 845-257-3880, Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or by visiting www.newpaltz.edu/piano

The State University of New York at New Paltz was named “Hottest Small State School” in the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek How To Get Into College Guide, which identifies America’s 25 Hottest Schools. The guide features schools that all offer top academic programs and are making their mark in the competitive world of higher education.
New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students located in the Mid-Hudson Valley between New York City and Albany. Degrees are offered in the liberal arts and sciences, which serve as a core for professional programs in the fine and performing arts, education, healthcare, business and engineering.