Annie Jeng

  • Assistant Professor
  • Piano, Piano Pedagogy
  • 334 Music Building

Annie Jeng enjoys a diverse career as an internationally active performer, educator, and arts entrepreneur. She has performed widely in such settings as Italy, Spain, China, the Kennedy Center, and given University guest artist recitals at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of South Florida, and University of Windsor. Performances have included Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Messiaen’s ​Oiseaux exotiques​ with the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble. As a passionate champion of contemporary music, she has collaborated with ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Roomful of Teeth. A Presser scholar, Annie has presented at Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences at the national and collegiate level, and had previous teaching positions at Schoolcraft College Piano Academy and The Faber Institute. She also serves as the Artist Fellow for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy. 

Annie’s essential goal as an artist is to make communities richer and more meaningful through the arts. To this end, Annie strives to make music accessible to audiences of all backgrounds by expanding and rethinking the traditional recital format to include interdisciplinary and interactive elements, all with the aim of encouraging audiences to engage with the artistic experience. Previous projects include curating concert series at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital and the Ann Arbor Distilling Company in Ann Arbor. She also led music workshops through the Prison Creative Arts Project at University of Michigan. Much of Annie’s research is devoted to contemporary music and studying the pedagogical capabilities of contemporary piano techniques. In 2018, Annie received the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship from the University of Michigan to create a pedagogical resource called ​Circles and Lines t​hat will feature newly commissioned works by female composers that introduce unconventional piano techniques to intermediate pianists. 

She is the founder and member of the piano and percussion duo, Back Pocket Duo, with Colin McCall. Their recent tour titled ​The Empathy Project​ was an interactive performance that explored the connections between art and empathy with the hope of every audience member finding a stronger sense of empathetic connection with others in their individual worlds. Annie is also a member of Four Corners Ensemble and serves as their Educational Programming Coordinator. Committed to supporting musicians in finding their unique career path, she also worked as a Programming Assistant at University of Michigan’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership (EXCEL) Lab.

Annie received her MM in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan and her BM in Piano Performance with a minor in Public Health from New York University. She received her DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Logan Skelton, John Ellis, José Ramón Mendez, Miyoko Lotto, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Faye Bonner.