Pianist Yin Chiang stands out for her artistic profile, which is as individual as it is multicultural. Born in Taipei (Taiwan), she discovered her love for classical music as a young child and received professional training at an early age. Today, she devotes herself primarily to the study and dissemination of new music. A wanderer between the Chinese-speaking and German-speaking worlds, she has established herself as an outstanding interpreter of contemporary composers. Buoyed by a deep love of learning as well as teaching, she has taught as a piano pedagogue at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, was artist in residence at Xiamen University of Technology, and has lectured and conducted master classes at various universities. Since returning to Germany in 2017, she has given many talented students the chance to perform at the Bonn Beethovenfest.
Yin Chiang received her first piano lessons at the age of 4. Before moving to Europe in 1995 she attended specialist music schools in Taipei. She then continued her piano studies at the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg with Peter Lang and Hans Leygraf, where she gained the title “Magistra Artium”. Subsequently, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne graduating with the “Konzertexamen” for chamber and contemporary music. The focus of her artistic work is contemporary music, demondtrated by her collaboration with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble InterContemporain, and Pierre Boulez, as well as with various composers, such as György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Marco Stroppa, Toshio Hosokawa ans Matthias Pintscher, only mention a few.
Her first solo performance with orchestra took place when she was 11 years old, in a tour throughout Taiwan. At the age of 16 she performed in a tour in China.
Since then she has performed in many European countries as a piano soloist and chamber musician with, amongst others, the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie, the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, the
Salzburger Musici Quartet, the Cologne Vocalsoloists, the Ensemble Garage, the Artwork Ensemble and the Gunnar Berg Ensemble. Moreover, she was invited to the International Ensemble Modern Academy,
Klangspuren festival (both Austria), Lucerne festival Academy (Switzerland), Acanthes festival (France), Temporada Avuimúsica festival (Barcelona), the New Music Week (Shanghai), the Hörfest
(Germany), Music with innovative Expressions (Taipei), China Time Festival(Hamburg). In 2002 she made her debut in the prestigious Mozartwoche festival in Salzburg playing the world-premiere of
Spencer H. Shedler’s “Refraction” for piano solo. She was engaged as both, a pianist and music director responsible for two contemporary opera productions at the Kammeroper Köln (Cologne Chamber
Opera). These were “Die Edelweißpiraten” by Snezana Nesic in the season 2007/08 as well as “Weiße Rose” by Udo Zimmermann in the season 2008/09. In 2012 She founded the C-Camerata, Ensemble for
the contemporary music in Taipei. In 2015 she recorded the CD „C.P.E. Bach: 8 Sonatas for the Keyboard”.
Yin Chiang has received grants from the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Austria, the Gisela and Erich Andreas foundation in Berlin, the NRW Arts Foundation in Germany, the Ministry of Culture NRW, the German Music Fund, the German Music Council, the GVL and the German Translator Fund. Her performances of works for solo piano by Luciano Berio have been broadcasted in Italian television, and many of her live performances have been broadcasted by radio companies such as Ö1, DRS2, WDR, and the “Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique“ (IRCAM).