FREDERIC CHIU’s intriguing piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection. With over 20 CDs on the market, his repertoire includes the complete work of Prokofiev as well as popular classics of Chopin, Liszt and others, and lesser known masterpieces of Mendelssohn and Rossini, with a special place for the piano transcription. Many have been singled out, such as “Record of the Year” by Stereo Review, “Top 10 recordings” by the New Yorker, with raves from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. His most recent recordings include the Beethoven/Liszt Symphony V and Carnival of the Animals with David Gonzalez. Frederic Chiu recently premiered Edgar Meyer’s Concert Piece with Joshua Bell.
He has worked with many composers, including George Crumb, Frederick Rzewski, Bright Sheng, Gao Ping and David Benoit. He was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award of The Juilliard School, and was a fellow of the American Pianist Association. He was also the “non-winner” of the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where his elimination from the finals caused uproar in the press. Mr. Chiu is also committed to expanding the place of classical music, creating unusual collaborations with personalities outside the world of classical music, and through his Deeper Piano Studies, an innovative workshop program. After 12 years spent in France, Mr. Chiu returned to the US, where any free time he can find is divided between writing, painting and cooking. He made his first appearance at the Newport Music Festival in 1994 and is welcomed to his thirteenth fantastic season.