Dr. Chie Nagatani has been a music professor at ELAC since 2001. In addition to teaching harmony, musicianship, and piano, she is also the coordinator of the Applied Music Program.
Described as a dynamic pianist whose performances are "stunning" and full of "lightness, fluidity and dramatic contrasts", Dr. Nagatani enjoys an active career as both a solo and collaborative pianist. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including top prizes at the New Celebrity National Music Competition, the Canada Council Arts Grant Award, the UBC and USC Concerto Competitions, and the Grand Prize at the IBLA International Music Competition in Italy, for which she performed in Newcastle, England, New York's Lincoln Center and Tokyo's Opera City Hall. She is also part of a successful dynamic piano duo with pianist Timothy Durkovic, with whom she was awarded the Best Duo Piano Performance Award at the IBLA competition as well as First Prize at the San Diego National Piano Duo Competition. She has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, England, Italy, Poland, and Japan. She has recorded for the SUGO Music Label and Alfred Publishing, and most recently released an award-winning CD featuring works by composer Mark Fish, performed with actor/narrator David Ogden Stiers and cellist Nina Flyer. Dr. Nagatani has made guest appearances at various music festivals, including the Lichfield Festival (England), Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Mountains (California), the Johannesen International Music Festival (Canada), and the International Music Festival in Poland. Orchestras with which she has performed include the Burbank Philharmonic, Pasadena Community, Kamloops Symphony, USC Symphony, and Newport Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Nagatani holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus.), the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music (M.M.), and the University of Southern California (DMA), where her teachers have included Lee Kum-Sing, Vladimir Sokoloff, Alan Smith, and Kevin Fitz-Gerald.