After four years of undergraduate study in Anthropology, Nicole Ying (Qingdongfang Ying) found and realized her dream and passion in music. She decisively followed the voice in her heart and went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Piano Performance at California Institute of the Arts studying with Dr. Ming Tsu. Currently, she is earning her Performer Diploma as a scholarship recipient at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Jean-Louis Haguenauer.
Nicole is a strong advocate for chamber music and contemporary music. She has closely worked and collaborated with many renown musicians including Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Allen Fogel, Lorenz Gamma, Andrew McIntosh, Mark Menzies, John Michel, Mitchell Newman, and Phil O'Connor. She also dedicates herself to premiere new compositions. She has played and performed with The Ensemble at CalArts focusing on contemporary music under the baton of Nicholas Deyoe, Mark Menzies, and Christopher Rountree. Nicole has studied from prominent artists including Max Levinson, Peter Nelson, John Owings, and Daniel Shapiro. She is very privileged to study harpsichord with the renowned harpsichordist Patricia Mabee. Nicole has also played in master class series with Harold Brown, Antonio di Cristofano, Galyna Popova, Nadia Shpachenko, and Robert Thies among others.
Having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Korean language from the University of California, Los Angeles, Nicole is greatly intrigued and inspired by human nature, culture, and society. Nicole’s unique educational background enables her to view and approach music in a holistic and humanistic way. Outside of being a classical pianist, Nicole is an amateur singer. She was a member of the UCLA Chorale and UCLA Chamber Singers under the baton of maestro Donald Neuen, with whom she sang in prestigious concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall and Royce Hall. Recently, she sang Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Cleveland Orchestra. When she is away from the piano, Nicole likes to spend her time in traveling, reading, and outdoor activities.