Chinese-American pianist, Xun Pan, received his early musical training from his grandmother and pianists-parents, Pan Yiming and Ying Shizhen. He continued his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Syracuse University in New York, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey. His performance on Sunday featured works by Mozart, Liszt, Peixun and Beethoven.
Dr. Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards, beginning with first prize in the 1986 China National Piano Competition in Beijing, and the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Piano Competition in Chile in 1987, the International Festival Piano Competition in Korea in 1990, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York in 1992, and the Artists International Competition in New York in 1993. A student of Theodore Lettvin, Xun Pan has performed solo recitals worldwide from Carnegie Weill Hall to the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts. He has performed in Moscow, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Taipei, Budapest, Salzburg, Sicily, New York, Seoul, Pyongyang, Biel, Bern, Brussels, Vina Del Mar, Washington DC, Lisbon, Toronto, Boston, San Jose, and many other cities in the world. He “…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique.” (Intelligencer Journal)
A noted chamber musician, Dr. Pan is the pianist of the Newstead Trio and Trio Clavino. Their work has been broadcast live on radio and television, and they have released several highly acclaimed recordings. Trio Clavino toured seven cities in China with Fulbright Grants managed by US Embassy in Beijing in 2014, and again in June of this year. Xun Pan has been served as a judge in many competitions including “Frinna Awerbuch” International Piano Competition in New York, United States Music Open Competition in Oakland, CA, and Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Dr. Pan is a Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies and Pre-College Music Division at the Millersville University of Pennsylvania Music Department, and is a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China, including the China Conservatory of Music, China Northwest University for Nationalities, Fuzhou University, Yantai University, Shandong University, Qinghai Normal University, and Wenzhou University. He taught and served as the Chairman of the Piano Department at Pennsylvania Academy of Music between 1996 and 2009.
Dr. Pan is one of the founding members and the Artistic Director of the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania.