The NY Times calls Joel Fan an “impressive pianist”, who possesses a “probing intellect and vivid imagination”. Critics and audiences acclaim the exuberant virtuosity and sheer enthusiasm of his playing, and his bold repertoire that embraces classical traditions and contemporary music of cultures all around the world. Most importantly, Joel Fan delights in taking listeners on a wide ranging musical journey that crosses boundaries and illuminates the rare and unexpected, “using music as a way of connecting humanity… one note at a time.”(NPR)
As a recitalist, Joel Fan has performed on four continents, from the Kennedy Center to tours of China, South America and Cuba. He’s practically reinvented the piano recital with his unique approach to programming, and he’s found an enthusiastic following on stages from the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Joel Fan’s discography illustrates his highly creative musical persona. World Keys contains the works of ten composers from as many countries - including five world premieres. West of the Sun offers nine stunning renditions drawn from diverse styles and sources of both North and South America. Critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times acclaimed the CD Leon Kirchner-Revelations for it’s important works, and Dances for Piano and Orchestra focuses on the intersection of music and dance with rarely heard compositions from Chopin, Saint-Saens, Pierne and Castro, and a premiere of Charles Cadman’s Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras.
Joel Fan is also recognized for his work with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, appearing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fan has also collaborated with numerous leading ensembles, including the Shanghai Quartet, Orion Quartet, Imani Winds, and A Far Cry chamber orchestra.
As a concerto soloist, Fan has performed over 40 different concertos with orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Odessa Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, and London Sinfonietta.
Joel Fan studied with the composer Leon Kirchner at Harvard and and the pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He’s recorded for Reference Recordings, Sony Classical, Verdant World Records, and Albany Records.
Joel Fan is a Steinway Artist.