Kwan Yi has been praised by audiences and critics alike as a pianist of “lyrical elegance” and “ravishing, pitch-perfect clarity”. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Orchestra Hall, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Hessischer Rundfunk, Auditorium du Louvre, Suntory Hall and Seoul Arts Center.
Kwan has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov. As an avid chamber musician, he has frequently collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia and the Castleton Festivals. As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has recently completed a 5-city tour in Arkansas, and residencies at the Bowdoin College, University of Utah, Stephen F. Austin University, Marylhurst University and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WHYY, KUHF, Radio France and Radio Frankfurt.
A recipient of many honors and prizes, Kwan’s recent awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, first prizes in the Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition, Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, and the Schmidbauer International Piano Competition, and top prizes in the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan, and the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition in Italy.
Kwan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival. Kwan is on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C.