Keeping Up With Joel Fan

Reference Recordings artist Joel Fan has been performing all over recently. He performed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. this past weekend, and will be performing in Sacramento in two weeks (info here). Joel also closed out the Knoxville Symphony season and got the following glowing review:

"Pianist Joel Fan joined the orchestra on the second half of the program for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Like many of his other works, Rachmaninoff wrote the set of variations to highlight his own skills as a piano soloist—he was the pianist for its premiere with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934. Fan navigated the virtuosic minefield with daring, grace, and wonderful technique, without over-emotionalizing those melodic passages that have become synonymous with Rachmaninoff’s 20th-century romanticism. Fan is also a master of rhythm as a storyteller as was evidenced by his encore piece, Piazzolla’s “Flora’s Game,” the second of the 3 Preludes for Piano." - Alan Sherrod, Metro Pulse

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