Salt Lake Symphony Guest Artist
Chinese pianist Jie YUAN is regarded as one of the most successful young pianists in China. He is awarded as "Top Ten Chinese Pianists" by China Central Television and was praised by the New York Times with the statement: "his perfect technical and musicality no doubt make him a leader in this generation of pianists". Top prize winners of Cliburn, Busoni, Casagrande, Bechstein, Shanghai, Hamamatsu, Crescendo, Seattle and Hong Kong international piano competitions, he has concerts throughout all five continents in over 40 countries and regions, towering nearly 600 cities. He has performed in the Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Wiener Musikverein, the Frankfurt Opera House, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China and many others, he has also worked with New York Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, and over hundred many others orchestras. Jie is a recipient of the prestigious Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School and Performance Certificate from the Lake Como International Piano Academy. He is now positing in two major conservatories in China: the Chair of Piano Department at Harbin Conservatory of Music, Vice President and the Chair of Piano Department at JiLin University of Arts. He is also the artistic directors of four international festivals: Hangzhou Festival, Harbin Festival, Lanzhou Festival and China International Piano Festival. Jie YUAN has served as the jury for many international competitions, includes Animato in Paris, Busoni in Bolzano, German Piano Award in Frankfurt, and Seoul, Macau, Taiwan, Portuguese, Hong Kong International Piano Competition and many others.
For the 2018-2019 season, Jie has scheduled 128 concerts throughout 12 countries and over 82 cities. In addition to solo recitals and concerts in cooperation with 20 plus orchestras over the world, he was invited by the French government to participate in the 200 years anniversary national concert for the Battle of Waterloo, by the Paris UNESCO to participate in major concerts for the World Poetry Day, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China to perform in the "China National Day" opening ceremony, by the Juilliard School of Music to record the new App series "Juilliard Open Studios" as the only Alumni musician in this series. Jie also performed in the Gala Concert by the Association of South East Asian Nations, and the Fourth Cultural Expo opening ceremony.In the documentary, "Insight to China - the Key to Success," made by the CCTV English Channel, Jie Yuan, Yundi Li, and Lang Lang were featured with interviews regarding their stories to success. Jie was also featured in a TV special, "Jie Yuan – Conquering the American Audience with Piano," by Central Television Chinese International Channel. Jie was featured in a special documentary, "The Piano Poet - Yuan Jie," by the Changchun TV. Recently, the show "Music and Life" by Central Television filmed an exclusive interview with Jie Yuan, making him the youngest musician interviewed on the show in its history of twenty years. Very recently as the youngest jury Jie served as chief judge and led a two months live TV show, "China Central Television Piano and Violin Competition Show".
Jie Yuan was born in Changchun, China and had his educations in Texas Christian University, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Lake Como International Piano Academy. His teachers include LI Xiao, Tamas Ungar, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Solomon Mikowsky and William Nabore.