December 16, 2 PM
Pleyel Piano Series: Ling-Ju Lai
LING-JU LAI, a native of Taiwan, has garnered consistently favorable reviews for her creative interpretation of Baroque keyboard music, particularly the music of J.S. Bach. Sir András Schiff expresses, “Ms. Lai has a questing musical mind. Her approach is unusual and valuable, a very gifted musician and pianist.” The Baltimore Sun writes, “The depth of the sound sinks in with startling poignancy as Ling-Ju Lai lets the notes linger long in the air, . . . a moment of musical insight to savor.”
As a concert pianist, Ms. Lai has performed in leading international venues and participated in acclaimed music festivals, such as the Royal Academy of Music in London, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Town Hall in Bruges, The National Theater in Taiwan, The Bach Festival in Leipzig and The William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland. She was named the “Rising Star” by two of Taiwan’s most prestigious performance organizations: The National Taiwan Concert Hall and The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Lai is best known for her emotive and incisive performance of The Six Partitas by J.S. Bach, presenting All-Bach programs in New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Paul/Minneapolis, University of Michigan, Susquehanna University, Ateneo de Madrid and the International Cultural Program of the Menéndez Pelayo University in Santander, Spain. She appeared as a soloist with the Bachiana Filarmônica Orchestra in São Paulo, Brazil, performing J.S. Bach’s D Minor Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, collaborating with celebrated Bach interpreter and conductor, Mr. João Carlos Martins. Ms. Lai’s debut album includes Bach’s Concerto in D Minor and Italian Concerto, and is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/
Featured at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago with live broadcast on WFMT 98.7 fm, Ms. Lai recently performed, for two consecutive years, at the inaugural concert of the Royal Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain. Highlights of the recent appearances include notable concert series such as the Aula de Música at the University of Alcala in Spain, the PianoForte Foundation Salon Series in Chicago, Brookline Library Music Association Concert Series in Massachusetts, Steinway Piano Gallery in Boca Raton, Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Utah Valley University in Orem and Chamber Music Society of Detroit, presenting The Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach.
Ms. Lai received graduate degrees in Piano and Harpsichord Performance from the University of Michigan and Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for her excellence in performance. Ms. Lai holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan.
Our stunning Pleyel piano was generously donated by the Dixon family in 2013 was crafted in Paris in 1879. A portion of the revenues will go to a special fund which will assure the maintenance of the piano (Dan Harteau is its piano technician).