Taiwanese American pianist Anchie Donn has captivated audiences across the globe with her powerful lyricism and expressive depth. Anchie was awarded the top prizes at IBLA Grand Prize in Sicily, including a Bach Special Mention for her performance of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, The Muse Competition in Greece, and New York’s Golden Classical Music Awards. She was also a finalist of the American Prize. Anchie has had the honor of performing in such prestigious venues as the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Georgia, Green School in Bali, Indonesia, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Japan, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In the spring of 2019, she embarked on an international concert tour of seven southeast Asian countries and the United States, as a winner of the IBLA Grand Prize.
Upcoming engagements include a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Farmington Valley Chorale and members of the Hartford Symphony, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.
Under the tutelage of Paul Rutman, Anchie received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at The Hartt School, where she was also a teaching fellow. Her doctoral thesis, “J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the Context of Bach’s Forerunners and Contemporaries: Influences and Keyboard Techniques,” examines the innovative virtuosity of one of keyboard literature’s seminal masterpieces.
While her passion for Bach’s music began as a child, Anchie cultivated her interest in early music while at the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Music with highest honors. Anchie graduated from the studios of Arthur Greene and Christopher Harding, and she studied historical performance on the harpsichord with Edward Parmentier. She then received a Master of Music from Boston University, where she worked with Jonathan Bass. Anchie has played in masterclasses for such renowned pianists as Rebecca Penneys, Alexander Gavrylyuk, John Damgaard, and Martin Katz. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Baroque Performance Institute of Oberlin Conservatory.
Anchie currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School Community Division and Quinnipiac University, teaching courses in piano, music theory, and music history. She has adjudicated for the Young Artist Competition at the Connecticut Bach Festival and the Virtuoso Piano Competition for the Hartford Music Teachers Alliance. Anchie’s students have won first place prizes in the American Protegé International Piano Competition and the AADGT International Young Musicians Festival.
As a piano teacher, I believe in empowering students to embark on a journey of self-discovery and musical discovery. I emphasize the step-by-step learning process to build necessary skills of musicianship, piano technique, artistry, but also learning skills, so students can develop independence. Students in my studio participate in aspects of the artistic process, from studying to performing. This cycle is essential to the growth of students as artists, learning to express their musical voice.