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Bethlehem, Pa., January 27, 2006— Pianist Joel Fan will perform at Moravian College on Thursday, February 9 as part of the Piano Masters@Moravian series. Fan is most well-known for his work with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The concert will be at the college’s Peter Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available by calling 610-515-1025 online at www.pianoculture.com.
Fan’s repertoire includes piano standards, concertos, contemporary music, and his transcriptions and cadenzas. His playing can be unconventional, including playing on the piano’s frame instead of its keys. This spring he will debut with the New York Philharmonic playing alongside Ma, Jonathan Gandelsman, and David Zinman. An appearance with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 marked the beginning of his international performing career, which has carried Fan all through the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Despite his accomplishments, Fan is relatively new to the concert circuit. After earning Master’s degrees in both music and computer science from Johns Hopkins University, he founded Phaos Technology, a security and encryption software firm in July 1996. He decided to sell the company in December 2000 and was contacted by Ma, an acquaintance from his days at Harvard, that same week. Ma invited him to play with his Silk Road Project, an opportunity that Fan could not resist. Since his “retirement” from the computer science business, Fan has also founded a foundation that matches wealthy patrons with artists seeking sponsors.
His honors as a musician include winning the D’Angelo Young Artists International Competition in the United States, the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, and fellowships to prestigious music festivals such as Tanglewood and Ravinia. When he is not performing as a soloist, he continues to appear with the Silk Road Ensemble.
Peter Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.