Celebrated for her virtuosity and adventurous playing, pianist Chenny Gan regularly appears in performance
and teaching engagements on three continents, including
China, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy and the United States. She was born in the city
of Nanning in Guangxi Province, China, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. She graduated with a double major in Music and Studio Art (Wesleyan
College) and then went on to
complete two Masters of Music at the University of North Carolina,
Greensboro—one in Piano Performance and the other in Piano Accompanying. In
2009 she was conferred the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance
from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently Chenny is Assistant Professor for Piano and Collaborative Piano at Wesleyan College in Macon,
Georgia (USA), though she continues to travel frequently between China,
the U.S.A. and Germany (where she shares a summer home with her husband).
As a musician and artist, Chenny strives
to explore new territories in all areas of performing, intensely focused on making the concert experience more enlightening and
interactive for the audience. She loves to collaborate with other
musicians in various styles and genres of music, including jazz, free
improvisation, classical, and pop, often performing music in unlikely settings and combinations. Her
work mentoring young musicians has brought success in places as diverse
as the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles to New York's Carnegie
Hall and the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg.
For her myriad accomplishments, Chenny’s
biography has been featured in Who’s Who in America as well as Who’s Who in the World and
Who’s Who in American Education. In March 2015, Dr.
Gan was named on the "40 Under 40" list of the best young professors in
the nation, selected by NerdScholar.com, where her profile will be
featured online and throughout various social media. She speaks
English, Mandarin, and
German, and continues to work to expand her knowledge and understanding
world through languages, philosophy, the arts, and movement.