Ni was born in Anhui, China and began studying piano at the age of
five. Most recently, she won the first prize at 2022 Fou Ts’ong
International Concerto Competition presented by the Foundation for
Chinese Performing Arts in Boston. Described by the Boston Musical
Intelligencer as “a confident, accurate, powerful articulate
interpreter”, her performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with
the Mercury Orchestra at Jordan Hall also brought praise for her
“limpid refinement in the adagio and exquisitely vanishing
pianissimos that truly told”.
other awards include first prize at the Los Angeles Young Musician
International Piano Competition, third prize at the Conero
International Piano Competition, second prize at the Shenzhen Piano
Open Competition. She’s a three-time winner of the Piano Department
Honors Competition at NEC. A recipient of the Tan Family Grant
Scholarship at NEC, she was also awarded a Shanghai Government
Scholarship and Niu Ende Piano Music Scholarship and won the
Audience Award at the winners’ concert.
has participated in many prestigious music festivals including the
Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Music Academy of the
West, at which she was awarded solo piano full scholarships in 2020
and 2021. She has taken master classes from Arie Vardi, Jeremy Denk,
and Dmitry Alexeev, among other distinguished musicians.
Nan has previously attended Music Middle School affiliated to the
Shanghai Conservatory for nine years studying under Natalia
Filippova. She graduated from New England Conservatory, where she
studied with Bruce Brubaker, with a Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and
Master’s degree in 2023. She will continue to pursue a Doctor of
Musical Arts (DMA) degree at NEC starting Fall 2023, studying under
Bruce Brubaker and Alessio Bax.
is also an organist under the instruction of Thomas Handel at NEC.
She has performed as a solo organist at the Church of the Covenant
in Boston, as well as with the NEC concert choir and chamber
singers. As an active chamber musician, she and her chamber music
partners have won the first prize in the Chamber Music Competition
at Shanghai Conservatory.
Apart from music, she holds great passion for ancient Chinese poetry
and Pre-Raphaelite paintings.