“(he) leave audiences breathless… played a challenging, yet rewarding program flawlessly.”

— Hays Daily News 2017


“Rewardingly playing…we’ll be happy if as many as five contestants in the upcoming  Van Cliburn International Piano” Competition play so rewardingly.”

— Dallas Morning News 2013



“Extraordinary playing”

— Media Live (Italy) 2014


“A most gifted pianist… impressive…individualistic and effective… formidable technique”

— TheaterJones 2013


“Congcong Chai made Chopins Ballade No.3 all his own, with a crisp sound.”

— Philadelphia Inquirer 2016


“He let the score unfold organically, with lovely dynamics and control. Wonderfulpianism!”

SoundWordSight(Carnegie Hall performance review) 2015