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Known for her elegant stage presence and powerful communicative playing, pianist Mengyang Pan has performed on renowned stages, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. John's Smith Square, UNESCO Paris, and Bruckner Haus. Her remarkable musical journey extends beyond borders, captivating audiences across continental Europe, notably in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, the USA, and her native China. She has appeared on radio broadcasts, including BBC Radio 3's ''In Tune'' and ''Oesterreich 1 Kulturjournal.''


Born in China, British Mengyang started her professional training at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music - Affiliated Middle School in Beijing at the age of 10. Having been a prize winner of some of the top competitions in China, including the ''China Xinghai'' Competition and the ''Mido'' International Music Competition, she relocated to the UK with a full scholarship to continue her study at the Purcell School for Young Musicians under the tutelage of Prof. Tessa Nicolson. She subsequently completed her music education at the Royal College of Music, London, mentored by distinguished professors Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Prof. Vanessa Latarche.


Mengyang is the prize winner of prestigious international competitions, including Second Prize at the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Bromsgrove International Young Musician's Platform, Second and Audience Prize at the Dudley International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Norah Sands Award, MBF Educational Award, Chappell Gold Medal, First Prize at the Birmingham International Piano Competition, and Second Prize at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, among many others.


Appreciated for her delicate touch and tonal shades, critics described her playing of Debussy Images book 2 as "[…] so fine that time seemed to stand still. Her shading, use of tone colour, and the most brilliantly clear and precise placing of the music in the highest register were a real joy to hear." In addition to appreciative reviews of her traditional repertoire choices, she is a champion of contemporary music. Her rendition of Helmuth Lachenmann's Wigenmusik and Serynade received highly complimentary comments from the composer and multiple positive reviews in newspapers such as The Times.


Mengyang also worked with some of the most renowned conductors in the world. Her performance of Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Royal College of Music was described as "electrifying." She also collaborated with conductor John Wilson, playing the John Ireland Piano Concerto, and her performance of the Szymanowski Symphonie Concertante with conductor Mikk Murdvee at the Purcell Room, London Southbank, received the highest acclaim. Since 2016, Mengyang has collaborated regularly with conductor Michael Rose and the Bedford Symphony Orchestra, performing several piano concerti. The British audience in attendance enthusiastically acclaimed her latest performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto in February 2023.


Mengyang has also performed in many corporate events for charity, including Centrica, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Opera House, and Cancer Research UK. She was presented with the Tagore Gold Medal by HM King Charles in 2007 for outstanding representation of the RCM. In 2011, she was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to honour her contribution to the British music and art industry.


In 2024, Mengyang co-founded the Elisi-Pan Piano Duo with pianist Enrico Elisi (Harold D. and Imogen Herndon Professor in Music at Texas Christian University). The duo has already drawn high praise from audiences and reviewers alike. It will continue to provide a diverse musical experience worldwide by presenting recitals across the UK, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, the USA, and China in the coming months.


In addition to being an active performer, Mengyang is a dedicated educator, a piano professor at the Royal College of Music, and a chamber music coach at the RCM Junior Department. Mengyang regularly serves as an adjudicator for international competitions and gives worldwide masterclasses and workshops at music festivals. Upcoming events will take her to the Texas State International Piano Festival, USA; the Thinking Pianist, UK; IPPA Conero International Piano Festival, Italy; and more, where she will be performing and giving masterclasses in the company of some of the most accomplished figures in the music industry.  


Mengyang has also significantly contributed to the RCM and the UK's piano pedagogy field by being a leading voice for the RCM's ''Art of Piano Teaching'' and ''Music Leadership'' modules as a module leader and lecturer. She is also one of the critical members in curating the RCM Master in Music Education program, a degree that will help nurture and shape the instrumental teachers of tomorrow. Mengyang is also the director of pedagogy at Cheltenham Ladies' College - The Thinking Pianist summer music course.


Mengyang is the founder and director of the IPPA Conero International Piano Competition, UK Devision. Additionally, she served as the curator of the 2023 RCM Keyboard Festival “Extravaganza for four hands and more”. Furthermore, she will be curating this year’s Keyboard Festival “Forgotten Landscapes and New Frontiers,” a poignant initiative dedicated to the revival of overlooked compositions and composers, while simultaneously embracing the exploration of contemporary musical expressions.

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