Tian Ji­axin back at pi­ano

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By HU HAIDAN in New York haidanhu12@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Fol­low­ing a well-re­ceived solo recital de­but at Carnegie Hall in Fe­bru­ary of last year, con­cert pian­ist Tian Ji­axin will again join the ranks of world-class mu­si­cians with a per­for­mance at Lin­coln Center on Feb 8.

“The most plea­sure I can have as a teacher is to meet some­one like Ji­axin, as a very ta­lented young pian­ist, and to now see her grow into a fine young artist,” said Jef­frey Co­hen, Tian’s teacher at the Man­hat­tan School of Mu­sic. “She has lots of de­ter­mi­na­tion, as far as her work ethic. She worked so hard to get her­self to this level.”

Tian’s 2013 per­for­mance with the MSM Orches­tra un­der Philippe En­tremont re­ceived a glow­ing re­view from The New York Times: “Ms Tian mir­rored the en­sem­ble’s pas­sion and en­er­getic com­mit­ment,” the news­pa­per re­ported.

This year, Tian will play Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and the Chi­nese Com­poser Zhang Shuai. One of the pieces will be a re­peat from her pre­vi­ous per­for­mance: Sonata No. 8 in A mi­nor, K.310 by Mozart).

“She is grow­ing. She went to dif­fer­ent places, she sees things dif­fer­ently,” Co­hen said. “Even if she will play the same piece, she won’t play it in the same way.”

At a press con­fer­ence on Jan 27, Tian said that the piece that has al­ways been most dif­fi­cult for her is Chopin’s Sonata No.2 in B-flat mi­nor, Op. 35 The piece fea­tures four chap­ters with en­tirely dif­fer­ent tenors.

“It re­quires artist present four kinds of emo­tion smoothly,” she said. ” The hard­est part is when you start play, you can not stop in the mid­dle, or your emo­tion flow would hardly be smooth.”

She at­trib­uted En­tremont, who she met at MSM in 2012 while she was pur­su­ing a Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies de­gree, for in­spir­ing her to con­tinue work­ing with the piece.

“I was so lucky to meet Philippe En­tremont again while he trav­eled to New York in last Oc­to­ber. I played this piece for him. He in­spired me and taught me how to ex­press my emo­tion.”

Tian will also play Shuai’s Three Pre­ludes in honor of the Chi­nese New Year.

“This piece com­bines tra­di­tional Chi­nese melody with a Western in­stru­ment,” Tian said. “I think the col­li­sion will be in­ter­est­ing. Also, this piece is my gift for the Chi­nese New Year.”

HAIDAN HU / CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese pian­ist Tian Ji­axin (center) will host a solo con­cert in Lin­coln center in New York City.

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