應天峰 Tian Ying
光是在2001-2002年，應天峰就與管絃樂團在美國舉辦了9場協奏曲音樂會。 “波士頓環球報”（Boston Globe）票選應天峰維波士頓名人系列演唱會的銀行的十大古典音樂活動之一。有許多文章報導寫了關於應天峰，包括“紐約時報”，“基督教科學箴言報”人物“雜誌。
“波士頓環球報”（Boston Globe）：“應天峰的聲譽作為一個鋼琴詩人，藝術家的罕見的靈敏度 - 一個偉大的事件，鋼琴和音樂的季節！”
波士頓環球報：“本季的第一個重大的鋼琴獨奏會，如果我們幸運的話，別人會發揮好，沒有一個人要更好地發揮應是一個理想的拉赫瑪尼諾夫鋼琴演奏家一個富有想像力的故事家和風景畫家，不知疲倦，熱情 - 有品位的。應天峰的手使一個黑色的盒子，裡面裝滿用錘子和字串變成了閃閃發光和顏色的寶藏。”
Praised by the Boston Globe as “one of the finest pianists active in America," Tian Ying, winner of many prestigious awards, including high honors at the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989, has become well-known for his eloquent, poetic, and dramatically intense performances. Ying’s reputation for unusually searching and profound interpretations played at the highest level of virtuoso accomplishment has earned him a distinguished place among today's most exciting, original and accomplished artists of his generation.
Tian Ying has appeared with numerous orchestras, such as the Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Fort Worth, Toledo, Columbus, Colorado, Hartford, Jacksonville, Spokane, Oakland, Madison, Wichita, Ann Arbor, Shanghai, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. Solo recitals have taken Tian Ying across North America, Europe, and from Casablanca to Seoul, and he frequently conducts master classes in universities and colleges around the country.
During the 2001-02 season alone, Tian Ying performed 9 different concerti with orchestras across the US. The Boston Globe chose Tian Ying’s Bank of Boston Celebrity Series concert as one of the Top Ten in classical music events. There have been many articles written about Tian Ying, including profiles in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and People Magazine.
With the release of Tian Ying’s 2007 solo album on Centaur Records, AllMusic wrote: “Don't let the hushed opening bars of the "Appassionata" fool you; pianist Tian Ying is a first-rate virtuoso and a grade-A showman who plays Beethoven with the kind of power and panache that most pianists bring to bear on Liszt. For some listeners, Ying's nervous intensity and agitated tempos may recall Horowitz, while his astoundingly clean textures and astonishingly clear colors may remind others of Brendel; yet Ying is ultimately his own man with his own interpretation and he tears into the "Appassionata" with a barely restrained frenzy but complete technical control. For sheer super virtuoso thrills, few pianists can match what Ying does with the Toccata, and his recital is well worth hearing for that alone.”
Recent and upcoming engagements include recitals at Universities of Louisville, Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Coker College, Lee University, and festivals at Southeastern, Eastern Music, Pine Mountain and many others. International performances also brought Tian Ying abroad to Bangkok, Thailand for the 2011 inaugural concert of the “C-Clef” Concert Series.
Tian Ying is currently professor of Keyboard Performance, a position he has held since 2002, at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida.
Tian Ying records for Centaur Records and DeMA Records.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: "Ying's reputation is as a poet of the piano, an artist of rare sensitivity - One of the great events of the pianistic and musical season!”
THE BOSTON GLOBE: "In the first major piano recital of the season, Tian Ying set the bar unimaginably high. If we are lucky, others will play as well; no one is going to play better... Ying is an ideal Rachmaninoff pianist, an imaginative storyteller and landscape painter, tireless, passionate - and tasteful. And in Tian Ying's hands, a black box filled with hammers and strings becomes a treasure hoard of glints and colors."
THE TIMES (London): "Ying's Chopin was the most fascinating experience. His quality of sound is intensely imaginative, achieved and beautiful, with the capacity for largeness and fullness; and he showed in his phrasing a courtesy towards the music, inviting it rather than applying force, that was rare. This is an undemonstrative and unpretentious musician."
THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR: "This was mesmerizing, poetic, unforgettable musicianship."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "Mr. Ying's exquisite exploration of the piano produced some of the most beautiful playing..."
FANFARE: "For even more impressive than his technique is the quality of interpretations, which steadfastly refuse to fall into any stylistic niche. On one hand, his playing is often modernistically sharp, even biting. On the other hand, his pearly legato and artfully sculpted dynamics can seduce your ear. What remains absolutely consistent from beginning to end, though, is the freshness of his musical vision."
THE COURIER-JOURNAL of LOUISVILLE: "Seldom have I encountered an account of this concerto (Rachmaninoff No.3) that was as expertly articulated… and by its close, the performance had confirmed its undeniable stature."
THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN: "Ying's performance was not only perfect, it was joyous, playful, even original... His energy, his drive, his phrasing breathed new life."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "Ying has individual ideas; he can clearly do anything he wants at the piano. But he is far too intelligent and sensitive to waste his big technique in superficial display. There is an integrity to his pianism that commands respect."
IRISH TIMES: "Tian Ying’s playing of Chopin was so individual, so subversive of convention that it startled. Yet it was so integrated that it made one think anew about well-known music. Above all, it is an extraordinary idea, sustained by extraordinary disciplined imagination."
OAKLAND TRIBUNE "Under Ying’s touch, the piano’s string virtues were elegantly emphasized. The result was a thrilling, cohesive success. Ying showed that he is a pianist of immense power, but with fine poetic sense of interpretation.”
THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS: “Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" is better known for its orchestration by Maurice Ravel than the original piano version, but with Ying, no orchestra was needed. This colorful rendering, driven by machine-like precision and string-jangling fullness, would be the envy of any orchestra.”
THE NATION (BANGKOK): “Concert-goers were treated to an extraordinary classical music event …Controlled yet powerful and moving. Ying's execution demonstrated how performance art combined with integrity offers fresh approaches to well-known pieces.”