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Joanna Chao

Dr. Joanna Chao

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Piano)


D.M.A., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
M.M., The Juilliard School
B.M., The Juilliard School

Dr. Chao is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at The College of New Jersey.

Pianist Joanna Chao has concertized throughout the United States and abroad in France, Switzerland, Denmark, and Spain. She has performed in prestigious concert venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Banff Center for the Arts. In 2001 she was invited by the La Gesse Foundation to give a recital at the l’Hotel d’Assezat in Toulouse, France, followed by a concert in Carnegie Recital Hall. She was also invited to give a recital for the Shandelee Music Festival and appeared as a guest artist at the United Nations School in New York for a concert for the Sri Lankan Cancer Society. After her orchestral debut at the age of 15 with the California Youth Symphony Orchestra, she subsequently soloed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New Britain Symphony Orchestra, Fremont-Newark Philharmonic, and the School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. Her performances were met with critical acclaim which hailed her playing as a “stunning exhibition of virtuosity and style . . ., with elegance and pure lyrical expression.” Her performances have also been featured on radio stations KKHI, KQED, and the cable TV program, “Grand Piano.” Dr. Chao has been a winner of competitions such as the Puigcerda International Piano Competition, Bergen Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, Kingsville International Young Performer’s Competition, and the Kosciuzco Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, and was a recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Memorial Scholarship and William Petschek Scholarship at The Juilliard School.

Equally active as a chamber musician, Dr. Chao has appeared in concerts on the New York Philharmonic Ensemble Series, Sarasota Music Festival, toured the northwestern region of Denmark as part of the Thy Chamber Music Festival and Masterclass, and has been frequently invited to perform at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont. She is also a resident member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble, has recorded with the ensemble of Tristan Murail’s music on the Aeon label, and has given premieres of music by eminent composers such as Gerard Pesson and Joshua Fineberg.

As a dedicated teacher, Dr. Chao has taught piano and chamber music at the Puigcerda Music Festival, Summer Music Academy and Festival Yves Nat, Hartwick College Summer Institute, Summer Music West of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a piano teaching assistant, and has also taught keyboard studies at The Juilliard School. She has adjudicated in competitions such as the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, New Jersey Music Teacher Association, and Piano Teacher Congress of New York’s Honors Recital.

Born in Taiwan, Dr. Chao holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her teachers include Oxana Yablonskaya, Ellen Mack, and Jerome Lowenthal, and she has also worked in masterclasses with Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Joseph Kalichstein, and Gyorgy Sebok. She is an adjunct piano faculty at The College of New Jersey and also teaches ear training at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division.