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Chinese pianist Tian Jiaxin wows audience at NCPA


09-08-2015 00:11 BJT

Chinese pianist Tian Jiaxin has taken an unconventional journey to a world-class stage. Her concert on Saturday at Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts demonstrated her desire to convey Chinese sensibility through a western instrument.

Tian Jiaxin

Tian Jiaxin

The program of Tian's solo recital reflects her musical mission of East meets West - Mozart and Beethoven sit alongside "China Dream", a modern composition featuring elements of traditional Chinese music by composer Zhang Zhao.

Among the enraptured audience was Zhou Guangren, a professor at Beijing's Central Conservatory and one of Tian's earliest piano teachers.

Zhou said:"I'm really impressed by her performance because, compared to other professional pianists, she had a late start. She went to a normal high school instead of a music conservatory. And she was able to catch up really fast and bring her own style to the performance."

Tian eventually studied with Jeffrey Cohen at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Although she missed out on the earlier conservatory immersion that most of her peers enjoyed, she began learning piano at three years old. Also working in her favour was growing up in a family of musicians.

This marks Tian's first solo recital in Beijing.

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