"You'll be amazed at the great possibilities of this instrument as you keep getting a thorough understanding of it. You will experience its unique charm while you play movements of any period!"
Pan Chun was born into a musical family and started playing the piano at the age of four. From 1978-1986, he studied at the high school of the Central Conservatory. His teachers there were Pan Yiming, Chen Huisu, Zhu Gongyi and Yang Jun. In 1987, Pan Chun was awarded a state scholarship to study at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Sergei Dorensky and Oleg Ivanov. In 1993, he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts Degree. In 1996 Pan Chun completed the doctoral course of the Moscow Conservatory.
Since 1996, he has been teaching in the piano faculty of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. He is now a professor and vice chairman of the faculty.
Pan Chun’s stage performances began when he was six, with regular appearances in the theatres and halls of Beijing. He has toured China with the Red Scarf Symphony and recorded with them Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto. His performance of Mozart’s Variation in C major was included in award-winning film about Issac Stern ‘From Mao to Mozart’. He was a prizewinner at the National Zhu Jiang Competition. Pan Chun has played with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Yakursk Symphony Orchestra, Russia. He played the world premiere performance of Chinese composer Tang Jian Ping’s Piano Concerto and was invited to play Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at the closing ceremony of the Beijing International Music Festival. He has also appeared as a recitalist at the Musikalischer Sommer Festival in Ostfriesland and Groningen.
Pan Chun has played recitals in Europe, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and all the major cities of China and has been invited to conduct masterclasses in America, Singapore, Hong Kong and many parts of China and has served as jury member at international and national competitions including Khachaturian International Piano Competition and Almaty International Piano Competition.
"I have an old Bechstein which was from 1893 and a new Bechstein grand piano from Berlin. Compare with the old Bechstein, the new Bechstein grand piano’s voice is full of singing and colorful. You'll be amazed at the great possibilities of this instrument as you keep getting a thorough understanding of it. You will experience its unique charm while you play movements of any period!"
Photo: © Chun Pan