Born in Shanghai, China, pianist Jie Fang made his debut at the Shanghai Concert Hall at age seven. As a devoted soloist and chamber musician, Fang has performed across China, Europe, and the United States. He performed at the Shanghai Grand Theater, Ningbo Grand Theater, Gijón Municipal Center, Château de Fontainebleau, Reid Hall at Columbia Global Centers in Paris, Paine Hall at Harvard University, Alice Tully Hall, and Morgan Library in New York. His festival appearances include Aspen, Kneisel Hall, Chamber Music Institute at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Juilliard ChamberFest, the Emerging Artist Series at Lander University, and Conservatoire américainde Fontainebleau. As an advocator of contemporary music, he is dedicated to promote the works of contemporary composers. He has participated in Juilliard’s Focus! Festival, the annual contemporary music festival in New York. As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, he premiered the works of renowned composers including Gerald Barry, Valentin Bibik, and Johnathan Dawe.
Fang has a great passion for teaching and production. At Juilliard, he was a teaching fellow and graduate teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate music theory classes. He was a former representative of the Student Advisory Council of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. While as an exchange student in Paris, he successfully produced concerts for the Columbia Undergraduate Program in Paris, Columbia Alumni Association in France, and the Franco-American Fulbright Commission.
Fang attended the Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the high school program of University of North Carolina School of the Arts, studying with Yao Shizhen, Xie Jia, and Eric Larsen. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal. He also holds a bachelor’s in Economics - Philosophy from Columbia University, where he worked with philosopher Philip Kitcher and economist Brendan O’Flaherty.