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張安麟應邀參加格萊美頒奬典禮
姪女張元英成最受歡迎慶會童星

(本報訊)2月12日在洛杉磯舉行的第54屆格萊美頒獎典禮,克里夫蘭大學敎授國際知名美國華裔鋼琴家張安麟小姐獲得邀請為貴賓參加。當日她帶領她妹妹張安麗的四歲女兒愛張元英一同參加,踏上紅地毯,成為最年幼的嘉賓, 雲集的歌星及影星,爭相與她合影, 儼然成為最受喜愛的童星。


    張安麟於2007年以演奏法國作曲家梅西安的鋼琴協奏曲“異國鳥歌”, 獲得最佳獨奏格萊美獎, 是亞裔(包括中國)首次獲得此一榮獎的鋼琴家, 也是美國女鋼琴家首次獲得此一殊榮。 她獲選為2008年世界十大傑出靑年之一。
   張安麟現任俄亥俄州立克利夫蘭大學音樂敎授,兼鋼琴系主任。 她獲得約翰霍布金斯大學的音樂藝術博士學位及俄亥俄州立克利夫蘭大學馬歇爾法學博士學位, 是唯一獲得雙料博士學位的音樂家。 受格萊美董事會選爲董事及擔任敎育委員會主席,她為提陞音樂敎育水平作出貢獻。
    張安麟曾為華府的甘迺迪演藝中心首任常駐演奏家,及在紐約林肯中心及費城交響樂團演奏鋼琴, 獲得聯合國邀請在紐約及尼泊爾舉行慈善演奏鋼琴, 經常應邀到歐洲,亞洲,非洲 ,中南美洲各國以及美國和加拿大各地演奏鋼琴,備受歡迎,蜚聲國際。
    張安麟在歐洲留學時,1987年應邀到台灣,在台北,彰化和高雄舉行鋼琴演奏會。 於1988年獲中國邀請在北京中央電視台,上海及廈門演奏鋼琴。 自後多次應邀在北京演奏廳,上海大劇院,杭州大劇院, 西安音樂廳演奏鋼琴,並在中央音樂學院, 上海音樂學院, 西安音樂學院, 杭州傳媒大學及廈門大學等地舉行大師班敎授鋼琴。 張安麟的資料詳載她的網站(http://angelinchang.com) 可查網址方便連絡。


In 2007, I became the first Asian and the first American female to win the GRAMMY Award as a classical pianist. Besides being a moment of wonderful validation, it opened up to me a new community dedicated to music, musicians and music education. One had, of course, heard about the GRAMMY, but I had little idea about what else this entailed apart from a three-hour television spectacular once a year.
Of course, the once a year spectacular indeed is spectacular! Every February, musicians from all over the world go to Los Angeles to take part in what can be called an annual pilgrimage of the music world. Musicians, producers, engineers, promoters, music industry leaders, business moguls and more, gather under one roof to celebrate each other’s achievements and to generate energy to continue to serve the cause of music.
What everybody sees on television screens once a year, wonderful as it is, is only a small part of the annual celebration. For a week, star-studded events, formal and informal, large and small, go on at venues throughout the city.
These include the three most sought after and well-attended events. On Friday of the GRAMMY Week, the music community gets together to focus on one of their prime values: philanthropy and charity. Through an auction of memorabilia donated by members and supporters, impressive amounts are raised to cultivate projects of music education and welfare of music-makers. If you want a guitar or other memorabilia autographed by celebrated musicians like Jeff Beck, Coldplay, Katy Perry or Adele, this is the place to be. This is followed by a spectacular event to honor the MusiCares Person of the Year. Over the last few years, this has included such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Bono, Aretha Franklin, and Barbra Streisand. This year it was Paul McCartney. The honored guest performs with friends and GRAMMY artists for the attendees while gathering for an intimate sit-down dinner in a charming environment.
On Saturday, Special Merits honors lifetime achievements of music-makers, technically significant contributions to the recording field, and all those nominated come together to celebrate and enjoy the moment at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. This elegant building, including its sprawling gardens comes alive with music, food from four corners of the world, and any libation that a guest may desire.
Soon it is time to catch some sleep, because Sunday is the GRAMMY day. This is the day of the year where the winners will be announced. The entrance to the Convention Center and Staples Center is laid out with red carpet. Thousands of media outfits from around the globe position themselves to catch the stars as they come out of their limousines. The moment is electric. Stars dressed in eye-catching and bold outfits appear determined to make a statement. The television cameras and entertainment journalists want to make sure to catch that statement. Fans who throng the roped sidelines can barely contain their excitement. Cameras are flashing all around and media interviews in every conceivable language go on within earshot of each other.
As everyone settles down at the Convention Center and then Staples Center, the moment all are waiting for begins. This is the place to see and hear all your favorite music-makers all under one roof. The moment is truly magical. The anticipation of who will win in this or that category and performances by world famous musicians on a stage designed specially for the occasion is truly breathtaking. This is the part that is accessible all over the world through the brilliance of live broadcasting.

It is late in the evening by now, but not the time to go home. The After-Party is just starting across the street. The Convention Center is transformed into a magical fairyland. Lights, music, acrobats, and performers are mixed with mountains of food and fountains of drinks. On the multiple dance floors and relaxing nooks, you may run into some star that you have only seen on television or the cover of a magazine. As the party starts to calm down in the wee-hours, the scramble for party favors has just begun.
After the GRAMMY is behind us, the only question is how to catch up on lost sleep. Of course, after making up for the sleep deficit, the hard work of creating music will begin anew, until we all meet again next year.
The trip this year became an even more memorable one after my 4-year old niece, Veronica Chang Escopete, asked whether she could go and walk across the red carpet with me. I didn’t want to break her little heart and promised to take her along. The moment we started walking down the red carpet, any apprehensions that her mother may have had, proved unwarranted. Instantly, she stole the show. From Oscar winner Tom Hanks to the CEO of Virgin Airlines Richard Branson, they simply had to focus their attention on Veronica. Then comes the highlight for Veronica, who happens to be a big fan of Katy Perry and has been singing her song, Firework, with full lyrics since the age of 3. Here is Katy Perry walking down the red carpet with the attention of media and fans on her. Upon seeing Veronica, she immediately rushes over, kneels down to be at eye level with her and starts a conversation, exchanging fashion tips about their matching lace front bowtie dresses, lip gloss and Veronica’s choice of cool pink sneakers that light up. An onlooker would have thought that the two are old buddies, perhaps even having been in the same band creating music together. Well, that day on that red carpet this 4-year old did create magic.
 


Since winning the GRAMMY, I have become very involved with the organization, particularly in their efforts to promote music education, classical music interests, legal issues and cultivation of opportunities, health and welfare for musicians. I now serve as an Officer on the Board of Governors and Chair the Classical and Education Committees from the Chicago Chapter, which represents the Midwest. The GRAMMYs are known as the most prestigious awards in the industry, and yet it is so much more!

Dr. Angelin Chang

GRAMMY® Award Winner
Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra

Professor of Piano
Coordinator, Keyboard Area
Department of Music
Cleveland State University
2001 Euclid Avenue, MU 420
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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