LING-JU LAI, a native of Taiwan, has garnered consistently favorable reviews of her creative interpretation of Baroque keyboard music, particularly the music of J.S. Bach. Sir András Schiff expresses of her, “Ms. Lai has a questing musical mind. Her approach is unusual and valuable….a very gifted musician and pianist.” The Baltimore Sun writes, “The depth of the sound sinks in with startling poignancy as Ling-Ju Lai lets the notes linger long in the air…a moment of musical insight to savor.” As a concert pianist, Ms. Lai has performed as a soloist in leading international venues and participated in acclaimed music festivals, such as the Royal Academy of Music in London, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Town Hall in Bruges, The National Theater in Taiwan, The Bach Festival in Leipzig and The William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland. She was named the “Rising Star” by two of Taiwan’s most prestigious performance organizations: The National Taiwan Concert Hall and The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. As a historical keyboardist, Ms. Lai appeared as the Artist in Residence at Utah Valley University with recital and concerto engagements. The UVU Newsroom writes, “The opportunity to hear a solo harpsichord recital with an artist of Ling-Ju Lai’s caliber is extremely rare. Often even musicians are not aware of the expressive power that the instrument has in the hands of the right performer. Ling-Ju Lai’s playing will transform the way you hear the harpsichord.”
Ms. Lai is best known for her emotive and incisive performance of The Six Partitas by J. S. Bach, presenting All-Bach programs in New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, University of Michigan, Susquehanna University, Ateneo de Madrid and the International Cultural Program of the Menendez Pelayo University in Santander, Spain. Ms. Lai recently appeared as the featured soloist, with the Bachiana Filarmônica Orchestra in São Paulo, Brazil, performing J.S. Bach’s D Minor Piano Concerto, collaborating with celebrated Bach interpreter and conductor, Mr. João Carlos Martins. Featured at the 2015 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago with live broadcast on WFMT 98.7 fm, Ms. Lai also performed, for two consecutive years, at the inaugural concert of the Primera Fila Series at Royal Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include appearances in notable concert series such as the Aula de Música at the University of Alcalá in Spain, the PianoForte Foundation Salon Series in Chicago, Steinway Gallery in Boca Raton, Utah Valley University, and Brookline Library Music Association Concert Series in Massachusetts presenting The Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach. Ms. Lai received graduate degrees in Piano and Harpsichord Performance from the University of Michigan and Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for her excellence in performance.