Pianist Ning An was the first prize winner of the 2003 William Kapell Piano Competition. An made his concerto debut at the age of 16, performing the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra in February of 1993. He has since appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with such conductors as Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Kasmierz Kord, Jajha Ling, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Marc Soustrot, and Sergiu Comissiona. An has presented recitals at venues such as Salle Verdi in Milan, Italy, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Palais de Beaux Arts in Antwerp. He has been invited to perform at numerous festivals, including the International Chopin Festival in Duszinski, Poland, the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake City, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Music Festival, the Bourglinster Festival in Luxembourg and the Interlaken Music Festival in Switzerland. An was also a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic during their 2001 centennial world tour.
An’s recent Carnegie Hall debut, an all-Chopin program presented by the Chopin Foundation of the United States in Weill Recital Hall, was praised in the New York Concert Review for “the almost sculpted clarity of his playing, and his ability to maintain balance and tension in large-scale dramatic forms.” The author went on to say, “Ning An impresses with his developed musicianship, his discerning sense of form and style, his penetrating and illuminating interpretation, and his perfect technical command. I have no doubt that he will join the ranks of the finest interpreters of Chopin.”
An was the third prize winner of the 1999 Queen Elizabeth Music Competition, was first prize winner in the 2000 National Chopin Piano Competition, and received the Alfred Cortot Prize at the 2000 International Chopin Competition. Other top prizes he has received are from the American Pianists’ Association, the Kosciusko Chopin Competition and the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. An was also the third prize winner of the 2002 Paloma O’Shea Santander Competition in Spain, as well as being a laureate and recipient of the audience prize at the 2002 Rachmaninoff International Competition, held in Pasadena, Calif. His principal teachers were Russell Sherman and Olga Radosalvjevich.