Remembering Pianist Agnes Wan | Nashville Public Radio

Remembering Pianist Agnes Wan

Oct 1, 2019

Pianist Agnes Wan-Patterson, who performed many times on Live In Studio C, has died.

During her time in Nashville, Wan served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music. Although she moved to Virginia to teach at Virginia State University and the College of William and Mary, she continued coming back to Nashville for recitals and to perform live broadcasts on 91Classical. She passed away last week, just shy of her 43rd birthday.

Upon hearing the news, longtime host Will Griffin sent these words:

"I can say this is a great loss for anyone who was familiar with her playing. No one ever brought a composer's music to a Live In Studio C performance more joyously and with more totally committed honesty than Agnes Wan, and I have no doubt that listeners could feel that when they heard her graceful and polished music making. Personally, I always felt uplifted by her good humor and her commentary made us look forward to what we were about to hear. I am very grateful that she revisited our community to bring her music to us even after she moved away from Nashville."

You can still hear her last two performances in our studio, recorded in 2016 and 2018.