Hailed as a pianist who “combines a flawless technique and mastery of the instrument with an expressive power that is fueled by profound and insightful understanding” (New York Concert Review), Ning An made his concerto debut at age 16 performing the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993. The newest member of Cal State Fullerton’s School of Music has received a multitude of accolades since, including top prizes from the Queen Elizabeth, Cleveland and William Kapell Piano competitions.
An received a doctorate in music from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and a master and bachelor of music in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He joined the School of Music this fall as assistant professor of music, sharing teaching duties at Cleveland’s Lee University.
Why did you pursue the opportunity to join Cal State Fullerton?
Cal State is a very well respected school in the area and I had already heard from my local colleague about the wonderful colleagues already working in the School of Music.
What do you most look forward to now that you’re here?
I am most interested in bringing in some of the top young pianists from around the world and collaborating in various projects with my colleagues.
What areas of continued scholarship and research are of particular interest to you?
I am very much active as a performer and I would like to continue the symbiotic relationship between teaching and performing.
What are some of your outside activities, hobbies or interests?
I love experiencing all of the various different disciplines of the arts, traveling and spending time with family and friends.