I wear a lot of different hats...
Annie Jeng is a performer, educator, and collaborator who strives to forge creative pathways between diverse communities and the arts. She is a Presser Award recipient and has performed at Hill Auditorium, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, New York's Tenri Cultural Center, and the World Financial Center. For the past two years, she has been the Artist Fellow of the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. She recently performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Ann Arbor Symphony and Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotique with University of Michigan’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble.
During her undergraduate studies at New York University, Annie started the music series, "Music with a Vue," at Bellevue Hospital to bring music to patients, workers, and visitors of the hospital. Her most recent project, "Music by the Barrel," challenged the traditional concert experience by hosting a music series at the local Ann Arbor Distillery. Annie is also involved with University of Michigan’s Prison Creative Arts Project, by facilitating music workshops in prisons in the Southeast Michigan.
Her commitment to contemporary music and collaborating with composers has led to performances with Yarn/Wire, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Tony Arnold, members of the JACK Quartet, and Amy Williams. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on researching the contemporary piano repertoire and the techniques and notations that are utilized. Her latest project, Circles and Lines, is a pedagogical resource of newly commissioned works by female composers that will introduce extended techniques and unconventional notations to intermediate students. The project is currently being funded by the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship.
Annie has participated in New Music on the Point, Nief Norf Summer Festival for Contemporary Music, the Gijon International Piano Festival, and the Amalfi Coast Piano Festival. She holds faculty positions at the Schoolcraft College Piano Academy and the Faber Piano Institute. Annie received a Bachelor's in Music (BM) and a minor in Public Health from New York University where she studied with Miyoko Lotto and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez. She completed her Masters in Music (MM) at the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Logan Skelton. She is also a member of the piano and percussion duo, Back Pocket Duo.