Noel Wan


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Institute Presentation

  • Lecture/Recital: Contemporary Chamber Music & The Interdisciplinary Imagination: Engaging Advocacy and the Arts in 21st Century Musicians with co-presenter, Zach Osinski, flute & Daniel McCarthy, viola, Thursday, June 20, 2019, 3:00PM

    Scholarly lecture on interdisciplinary programming and advocacy for new music with performances of chamber music written after 1950 for harp/flute and harp trio on topics of ecology.


Taiwanese-American harpist, Noel Wan made her international debut in 2010 performing Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Wan is the youngest winner in the history of the Dutch Harp Festival Competition. She has received awards in the International Harp Contest in Israel, Lily Laskine, Nippon, and Korea International Harp Competitions and American Harp Society National Competition. In recent years, Ms. Wan has been featured in concerts at the Muziekgebouw, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Noel is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and now holds the prestigious Illinois Distinguished Fellowship as a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois, studying with Ann Yeung.

About the performing ensEMBLE

Daniel McCarthy, Zach Osinski, and Noel Wan are graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and members of the Illinois Modern Ensemble, directed by Stephen Andrew Taylor. Recent collaborations include performances of works by Gareth Farr, Arnold Bax, and Kaija Saariaho.