Instrumentalist - Piano

From recitals at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in NYC and The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., to the University of Calgary Celebrity Series, and performances with the chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, performing Mozart at the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Newman Center in Denver and the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Joel Fan has found an enthusiastic following that landed his first recording at No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Joel’s past appearances also include performances with Yo-Yo Ma with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, and the Singapore Philharmonic. He has worked with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta, David Alan Miller, Gustav Meier, and David Robertson, all the while traversing an ever-expanding repertoire of piano music. Playing composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Leon Kirchner, William Bolcom, Derek Bermel, Eliot Carter, Alexander Scriabin, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, and bringing to the fore music of the East and South America, Fan has been hailed by critics as having “uncanny technical skill…” (Washington Post) and as possessing playing that is “the picture of textural clarity,” and a “probing intellect and vivid imagination,” (New York Times).


Posted: Jul-9-2012
Latest Acclaim
"'Revelations' is an apt title for this important recording of diverse works — piano pieces, songs, choral works, most of them little known — by the American master composer Leon Kirchner, who died at 90 in 2009. Kirchner’s music draws elements from his teacher Schoenberg, his mentor Stravinsky, and other 20th-century modernists, fashioned into his own rigorous, expressive voice. From Kirchner’s early Little Suite for piano (1949) to his last piece, 'The Forbidden' (2006), in its version as the Piano Sonata No. 3, the music is alluring, pungent and intelligent, especially in these fine performances, most of them featuring the impressive pianist Joel Fan."
— New York Times
Posted: Jan-29-2014
Latest Recording

Leon Kirchner Revelations, includes never before published or recorded, and rarely recorded works. The program includes choral, piano-vocal and solo piano works: Little Suite, Dawn, Three Songs, Words from Wordsworth, A Moment For Roger, The Twilight Stood, and The Forbidden. World class artists, pianist Joel Fan, sopranos Diana Hoagland and Beverly Hoch, pianist Leon Kirchner, conductor Scott Dunn, and a choir comprised of some of New York s finest freelance choral singers perform works spanning the years from Kirchner s first compositions in 1943 to his years as an octogenarian.

Posted: Jan-18-2013