The American pianist, Chloe Christian Pang, began piano with her mother. At the age of 3, Chloe's passion for math and art prevailed. Never having had a formal piano lesson, it was only after she plucked out melodies on the piano, singing incessantly and marking up music scores, that her mother began teaching her at 4, a relationship that continued for the next five years. At 6, Chloe vowed to live by Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken", which still graces her bedroom door. She continued her studies with James Arthur Gardner. She also worked with the late renowned Baroque authority, Laurette Goldberg, Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi de Bottazzi, and Dr. Gwendolyn Mok. She gave her first public performance at 4, full solo recital at age 8, and concerto debut at age 10 with the Pro Art Symphony Orchestra. For the past four years (2005-2008), she has been a scholarship student of Mack McCray at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Prep Division. In Fall 2009, Chloe Pang, will be attending The Juilliard School as a student of Robert McDonald.
Chloe Pang has garnered numerous first place awards and top prizes including the prestigious Pinault International Competition (New York), Public Radio International's "From the Top" National Competition (Boston), "Sundays at Two" International Competition (Beverly Hills), Pacific Chamber Symphony Concerto Competition (Alwine Fenton Prize), Fremont Symphony Young Artist Competition (Nafisa Taghioff Prize), state winner of the 2003 Music Teachers' Association of California Concerto Competition, Yehudi-Menuhin/Helen Dowling Prize, Pacific Musical Society Scholarship Competition, East Bay Competition, and the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley. This past October (2008), she won First Prize at Ukraine's Individualis International Competition.
At 15, Chloe Pang made her Carnegie Hall debut for the premiere episode, “From the Top: LIVE from Carnegie Hall”, nationally televised on PBS. Last fall (2008), she performed as guest artist for two season opening galas: Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Dr. Eric Kujawsky and the Redwood Symphony and a month later, Rhapsody in Blue with David Ramadanoff and Young Peoples' Symphony Orchestra. She also made her Washington debut for the prestigious Tacoma Philharmonic Discovery Virtuoso Series and gave a critically acclaimed Solo Recital at San Francisco Conservatory's Concert Hall last season (2007-2008) featuring Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3. Lyn Bronson wrote, “Some pianists emerge from the womb with serious pianistic chops... such a gifted pianist would also seem to be 16-year-old Chloe Pang, who blew us away yesterday afternoon...”
At 15, Chloe Pang toured Russia and the Baltic nations Summer of 2007 as guest soloist with renowned El Camino Youth Symphony (with whom Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen, and 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu performed). Conducted by Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky, Chloe performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at Glinka Capella (St. Peterburg), Philharmonic Hall of the Kremlin (Novgorod, Russia), two performances at Estonia and Parnu Concert Halls (Talinn, Estonia), and the unique Church in the Rock (Helsinki, Finland). Other television appearances include Late Show with David Letterman for a television audience of millions, Martha Stewart Show, and Megan Mullaly Show (pilot) with legendary Jazz bassist, John Heard. Chloe has been honored as a TOP 30 UNDER 30 "New Generation Classical" musician (2007) by KDFC 102.1 (SF) with Lang Lang, Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Jonathan Biss, and Alisa Weilerstein, to name a few. Recent performances include her Washington recital debut for the prestigious Tacoma Philharmonic Discovery Virtuoso series, critically acclaimed Solo Recital at the new San Francisco Conservatory Concert Hall, American Liszt Society's National Festival, Steinway Society's Young Artist Concert, guest soloist with the Oakland Civic Orchestra, and several performances of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maestro David Ramadanoff. Future engagements include Prokofieff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Redwood Symphony for their gala opening concert September 27 (2009).
Recital engagements have included appearances from coast to coast. As a top prize-winner in the Pinault International Competition, Chloe Pang made her New York debut at Columbia Artists' CAMI Hall. She also performed at Boston's Jordan Hall for Public Radio International's "From the Top", hosted by Christopher O'Riley.
Chloe Pang has performed more than two dozen times with symphony orchestras including re-engagements with the Fremont Symphony, conducted by David Sloss, Pacific Chamber Symphony, conducted by Lawrence Kohl, Young People's Symphony Orcehstra, conducted by David Ramadanoff, and was invited to appear with Harvard Bach Society Orchestra conducted by Alexander Brash on their 50th Anniversary season at the university's Paine Hall. Critics praised her recent professional debut with California Symphony (America's BEST symphony by Reader's Digest) under Maestro Barry Jekowsky as "High-wattage centerpiece...poised beyond her years...radiated the kind of poise, confidence, and musical assurance usually reserved for musicians many years her senior" (Georgia Rowe, CC Times) and "Bold, athletic ferocity. Pang boasts a nimble technique and a gift for wiry intensity, as well as a particularly strong rhythmic command" (Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle).
An avid chamber musician, Chloe Pang is founding member of OPUS 2 with her cellist-brother, Clark Pang, (formerly Sibling Revelry), which began coaching under Irene Sharp and continues to blossom under Jonathan Koh. OPUS 2 made their Carnegie Hall debut together, televised nationally on PBS, and peformed on the Martha Stewart Show. They made their formal chamber music debut with the Gold Coast Chamber Players celebrating Mozart's 250th Anniversary, where Chloe performed with concertmaster Kay Stern, violist Pamela Freund-Striplen, and cellist Victoria Ehrlich, all members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Chloe was also founding member of NuArt Trio coached by Mack McCray and Susan Bates which performed at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and numerous concerts at the SF Conservatory.
Recorded at the age of 12, Chloe received critical acclaim for her Debut CD of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) by International Piano Magazine, 'astonishing...a natural musician right to the ends of her eloquent finger tips...experience a performance of this epic work that holds heart and mind in such perfect balance - treasurable'. Excerpts were premiered on San Francisco's 102.1 KDFC and her CD was nominated BEST Classical Album by Just Plain Folks Awards 2006. In utero, Chloe kicked to the rhythm of the Goldberg Variations. Her parents, believing she had innate rhythm, thought she would benefit from early musical training, to which their physician replied, 'It's just the hiccups'. Chloe performed the formidable work at the MTAC (Music Teachers' Assoc. of California) State Convention in Los Angeles as a featured guest artist, and at San Francisco Conservatory's Hellman Hall.
Chloe Pang loves writing poetry, French, Hitchcock and Woody Allen films, yoga-Pilates, skiing, digital photography, and Abstract art. While active on the leadership committee at her high school, she was Founder-Director of Hearts for Arts. She enjoys performing for senior communities, convalescent hospitals, and was voted #1 TEEN by Contra Costa Times (2005). Chloe would like to be an ambassador for Classical music and is a Music Mentor for Music in Schools Today (mustcreate.org). In an effort to help support the arts, she has helped raise thousands of dollafor local performing arts organizations and symphonies. Chloe is under guidance with VERVE Productions (NY).