Hangyu Bai — MM in Piano Performance

What have you been up to since leaving UB?

After graduating from UB in 2016, I went to SUNY Purchase College for their one-year Artist Diploma program. I explored different repertoire with wonderful musicians while I was preparing for DMA applications.

How did your experience in the Department of Music prepare you for a future in music?

First of all, UB’s department of Music has amazing faculty members. They are dedicated teachers and excellent performers. I couldn’t be more grateful that UB provided me with opportunities to work with them, both on and off the stage. Second, the main concert hall – Lippes Hall — provides students and faculty alike with an excellent space in which to show their best. The department presents a wonderful program of concerts each season, which are always a great inspiration. Third, there are job opportunities in the Department of music. I taught undergraduate students basic keyboard skills for one year. It was a great opportunity to hone my knowledge of piano pedagogy in real life with professionally trained students. Last but not least, I have also learned a lot from all of the other people working in the awesome environment UB provides. I have been motivated and inspired by many of the great performers and composers I met at UB.

Can you tell us about any recent performances, awards or music-related activities?

I was invited to play in the winners’ concert of American Aprotege Competition in Carnegie Hall this May, after my artist diploma recital in the end of this March. I won the second prize of this competition and will go to University of Arizona for the DMA degree this coming fall.

Do you have any advice for current UB Music students?

It’s very important to work with colleagues, more important than spending time practicing. We can never perfect a piece, but we strive for the perfection through practice. When any performance, competition and job opportunity comes up, we are ready because of the hard work. And always remember that the faculty and staff, like your own professors, they are always willing to offer their advice.

Hangyu Bai earned a Master's Degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Professor Eric Hubner.