Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3 pm
Chee-Hang See is a prize-winning pianist who enjoys a busy career as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer, arranger, and educator. Chee-Hang has performed in Italy, Singapore, and around the United States. He currently is faculty at the Charleston Academy of Music. This recital is free and open to the public!
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Chee-Hang See is a prize winning pianist who has been called "a cool and confident performer" by the Charleston City Paper. After an appearance at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, CharlestonToday.net wrote that "he displayed absolute clarity and through his refined dynamic range brought gorgeous contrasts to each section." He has performed in concert series and festivals all over the U.S such as the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Musicale (SC), South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Chicago Duo Piano Festival, Hawaii International Cultural Arts Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival (SC), and with the Hudson Community Choruses (OH) as pianist and conductor. He has soloed with the Toa Payoh West Chinese Orchestra in Singapore, Bela Bartok Orchestra in Perugia, Italy, Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Music Charleston. He performs with the Charleston Symphony, and has been broadcast on South Carolina Public Radio. His debut album “Violin Transcriptions”, featuring works by Rachmaninoff and Muczynski, was released in 2014.
Chee-Hang currently is faculty at the Charleston Academy of Music, where he founded and conducts its New Music Ensemble. He is also music director of Midtown Theater in Charleston, where he founded and directs Midtown @ Midweek, a chamber music concert series. He remains in high demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestra pianist in his native Singapore and in the U.S. This season, Chee-Hang will perform in recitals and with orchestras in Canada, North and South America, and Singapore. In 2010, Chee-Hang formed the Tan and See Piano Duo with his colleague, Malaysian pianist Amy Tan. They have been described as “emanating a sense of pure fun that is always infectious to audiences” (CharlestonToday.net). They have been finalists of the International Web Concert Hall Competition and performed in festivals and concert series in Europe, Asia and North America. Their solo and orchestral appearances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and have taught at the Chicago Duo Piano Festival. They have attended masterclasses with the Aebersold/Neiweem Duo, DUO Stephanie and Saar, Oleyuria Duo, and Stenzl Duo.
In 2016, Chee-Hang was awarded a Master's in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Sandra Shapiro and was a prize winner in the Carl E. Baldassarre Composer/Performer Competition. Previously, he graduated summa cum laude from the College of Charleston, where he was a Presidential Scholar and the recipient of the John A. Zeigler and Edwin Davis Peacock Awards for Excellence in Piano. He also received an Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from the College while studying with Enrique Graf. He has participated in masterclasses with such world-renowned pianists as Ilana Vered, Michael Lewin, Eric Larsen, Anne Epperson, and Beatrice Long. He has received prizes in the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. and LaGrange Orchestra Young Artist Competition in G.A., among others. As a composer, his works for small and large ensembles have been premiered in Singapore and in the U.S.
In Singapore, Chee-Hang studied piano under the tutelage of Dr. Wong Joon Hwang of the Nanyang Technological University and the National Institute of Education. He was awarded Piano and Accompaniment Diplomas from the Royal Schools of Music and London's Trinity College. He performs also on the erhu - the two-stringed Chinese counterpart of the violin, and holds a Performance Diploma from the National University of Singapore as a student of Zhang Yu Ming.