Biography

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Born in Hong Kong, pianist Tiffany Poon is widely praised as one of the world’s best young talents.  She has been thrilling audiences around the world with her brilliant virtuosity and sensitive musicianship.

Tiffany began piano lessons at the age of 4.  At age 8, she was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division on a full scholarship.  She made her concerto debut at the age of 10.  Since then, she has given solo recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and China, and has also appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe.  Tiffany has performed at such prestigious concert venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall in New York City,  Sala Mozart in Bologna, Italy and Konzert- und Ballhaus Neue Welt in Zwickau, Germany.  She has performed a wide range of repertoire, displaying exceptional sensitivity to various styles.

Tiffany has received several awards and honors over the years.  At the age of 11, Tiffany was named Honorary Citizen of Fort Smith and was presented with the Key to the Frontier by the mayor of Fort Smith for her outstanding performance with the Fort Smith Symphony in Arkansas on March 8, 2008.  In addition, the date of the concert, March 8, 2008, was officially proclaimed as “Tiffany Poon Day” in Fort Smith, Arkansas by the mayor of Fort Smith.  In 2009, Tiffany was selected as Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and was featured on the acclaimed NPR radio program From the Top, which showcases America’s best young classical musicians.  That same year, Tiffany was awarded Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant.  Age 12 at the time, she became the youngest ever winner in its history.  In 2014, she was named a National YoungArts Winner in recognition of her exceptional artistic achievement in classical music.

Tiffany has won numerous prizes at international piano competitions, including Gold Medal at the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey in 2007; Grand Prize and First Prize at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition in 2007; First Prize and Best Performance of Concerto Award at the 8th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2012; Grand Prize and Special Award for Best Performance of Romantic Piece at the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition in New York in 2013; First Prize at the Juilliard School Pre-College Piano Concerto Competition in 2014; Second Prize at the 10th Chopin Golden Ring International Piano Competition in Slovenia in 2014; Third Prize at the “Debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall” International Concerto Competition, First Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition and Third Prize at the 17th International Robert Schumann Competition in Germany in 2016 respectively.

Despite her busy schedule, Tiffany always made time to give back to the community.  She has performed a number of benefit solo piano recitals in the United States to raise funds for various charities, including Doctors Without Borders, and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Tiffany currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School exchange program and studies piano with Emanuel Ax and Joseph Kalichstein at Juilliard.  She was named a John Jay Scholar and was awarded a full ride scholarship by Columbia University in recognition of her remarkable academic and extracurricular achievements.

Tiffany’s debut album, “Natural Beauty”, with the recording label KAWAI Edition, was released in May 2014.  The album features works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy, was recorded in Germany.

 

 

潘活活生於香港,自幼顯露非凡的音樂天份。四歲開始學習鋼琴,八歲以優異成績獲美國茱莉亞音樂學院全額獎學金取錄,九歲負笈美國。她獨特的音樂天賦被譽為當今最傑出的青年天才藝術家之一。

十歲時活活正式登台演出,與普蘭菲爾德交響樂團合奏莫札特《F大調第十九號鋼琴協奏曲》,大獲成功,自此便經常獲邀到世界各地舉行鋼琴獨奏會,也不時為各大樂團擔任協奏曲獨奏,廣受好評。其演奏足跡遍及美國、 加拿大、歐洲、澳洲及中國等地。活活曾於世界各地的著名音樂廳演出,包括紐約卡內基音樂廳、紐約史坦威音樂廳、意大利博洛尼亞莫扎特音樂廳及德國茨維考音樂會和舞會大廳等。她的演奏曲目極為廣泛,天才橫溢。她憑著高超的演奏技巧以及出眾的舞台魅力,深受各地觀眾喜愛。

於早年起, 活活已獲頒多項榮譽及獎項。於2008年3月8日,十一歲的活活與阿肯色州的史密斯堡交響樂團合作演繹莫札特《A 大調第二十三號鋼琴協奏曲》,其出色的演奏大受當地觀眾歡迎,獲得熱烈迴響及好評,史密斯堡市市長為表彰活活卓越的鋼琴造詣及音樂才華,不僅宣布2008年3月8日為「潘活活日」及頒發表揚狀,還授予活活「榮譽市民」稱號以及向活活贈予代表該市最高榮譽的城市鑰匙。活活其後於2009年當選「Jack Kent Cooke 青年藝術家」,也應邀在美國國家公共廣播電台 (NPR) 廣受歡迎的節目「From the Top」中演奏以及接受訪問。她並於同年獲 Salon De Virtuosi 頒發「 事業大獎」,年僅十二歲的活活成為歷年來最年輕的得獎者。此外,活活於2014年榮獲 National YoungArts 基金會授予「全美最佳青年藝術家」稱號,以表揚其傑出的藝術成就。

活活曾在國際鋼琴比賽中屢獲殊榮,包括2007年新澤西州青年鋼琴家大賽金獎、2007年辛辛那提世界鋼琴比賽大獎及冠軍、2012年莫斯科蕭邦國際青年鋼琴家大賽冠軍及最佳協奏曲演奏奬、2013年紐約考夫曼音樂中心國際青年鋼琴比賽大獎及最佳浪漫曲目演繹奬、2014年美國茱莉亞音樂學院鋼琴協奏曲比賽冠軍、2014年斯洛文尼亞蕭邦金指環國際鋼琴大賽亞軍、2016年「柏林愛樂廳首演」國際協奏曲大賽季軍、2016年曼哈頓國際音樂比賽冠軍、第17屆舒曼國際音樂大賽季軍等。

活活多年來亦積極參與慈善表演,回饋社會。她曾在美國舉行了多埸鋼琴獨奏慈善音樂會,其中包括為無國界醫 生、仁人家園等國際慈善機構義演籌款。

除了熱愛音樂外,活活也很喜愛讀書,成績一直名列前茅,2014年以十七歲之齡入讀美國哥倫比亞大學,主修哲學,同時獲哥倫比亞大學授予「John Jay 學者」稱號及頒發全額獎學金,以表揚她在學術及藝術方面的驕人成就。與此同時,活活繼續於茱莉亞音樂學院深造,師隨 Emanuel Ax 及 Joseph Kalichstein。

活活的首張個人專輯 《Natural Beauty》於2014年5月面世,好評如潮。專輯在德國灌錄,收錄了巴赫、海頓、蕭邦、李斯特及德布西的鋼琴作品,由 Kawai Pianos 製作。