Praised by the American Scholar for having "…played with sensitivity and imagination," pianist Wan-Chi Su has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Asia, Europe, and the United States. She has played major venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Taiwan National Concert Hall.
A founding member of Duo Sorolla, Dr. Su has toured the Eastern United States, appearing in concert series in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. She also travels for the Piatigorsky Foundation, connecting with new audiences in unconventional venues throughout the entire United States. Dr. Su works often with venerated musicians, having performed with various members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, violinist Hebert Greenberg, cellist Michael Kannen, baritone William Sharp, trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, pianists Seth Knopp and Benjamin Pasternack.
Dr. Su performs the full range of classical repertoire. She has premiered music by active composers, such as Ying-Chen Kao, William Weigel, and Aaron Malone. She has also worked with celebrated composers like George Walker, Curt Cacioppo, and Aaron J. Kernis. Versed in many styles, she accompanies dozens of instrumental and vocal recitals each year. Currently, she serves as the organist for Memorial Episcopal Church. A dedicated educator, she enjoys sharing music with students at Georgetown University and Loyola University Maryland, while also maintaining a private studio.
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Decorated with numerous awards, Dr. Su won first prize in the Taiwan Cultural Cup Invitational Piano Competition. On the collegiate level, she won first prize in the Taiwan National Student Music Competition in Piano. She has also been a semi-finalist in the San Jose International Piano Competition, the Art of Duo Competition, and the Liszt-Garrison Duo Competition, and a finalist in the Harrison L. Winter Piano Concerto Competition. She has been invited to numerous international music festivals, including the Taos School of Music, the Beethoven Institute, both the Icicle Creek Piano Festival and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, the NTSO International Piano Program in Taiwan, and the Paris Piano Program in France.
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Dr. Su began her musical journey at age four. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano while minoring in French horn, at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. She holds a Master of Music, a Graduate Performance Diploma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, studying principally with Seth Knopp and Benjamin Pasternack. Dr. Su currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, and cat named Sanji.