After four years of study in Anthropology, Nicole Ying (Qingdongfang Ying) realized her dream and passion in music and decisively followed the voice in her heart. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Piano Performance at California Institute of the Arts under Ming Tsu, and later received her Performer Diploma in both Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Anne Epperson, and Kevin Murphy. Currently, she is a Doctoral candidate and Teaching Assistant in Collaborative Piano at University of North Texas studying with Steve Harlos and Elvia Puccinelli.
Nicole serves as the keyboardist of the Wind Symphony at UNT, and substitutes with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra under the baton of maestro Eugene Corporon. She explored new music with The Ensemble at CalArts under Nicholas Deyoe and Christopher Rountree, where the group world premiered Jürg Frey’s Vielleicht bin rich wirklich veloren. She currently plays with the new music ensemble NOVA at UNT where she has taken on wild journeys performing works such as Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Nicole is a fellow at the Music Academy of the West.
As a fervent and rising collaborator and passionate chamber music enthusiast, Nicole has performed with renown musicians including Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Allen Fogel, Lorenz Gamma, Adam Liu, Andrew McIntosh, Mark Menzies, John Michel, Mitchell Newman, Phil O’Connor, and Dennis Parker. She has worked closely with leading figures in the field of collaborative piano such as Jonathan Feldman, Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, Ana Maria Otamendi, and Howard Watkins.
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 maestro Donald Neuen. 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, books, movies, and nature.