Hi! I am a pianist, theater music director, and software developer based in New York City. Welcome to my website, which is and always will be under construction, just as I am and always will be a work in progress. :-)
What’s a Wee Aldrich?
I was born Gan Wui Ming, following the Chinese convention where the last name appears first. After moving to the United States, I went by Wui-Ming Gan and later Ming Gan. When I married my wife, we both hyphenated our last names. Today, I go by Ming Aldrich-Gan both professionally and socially.
I studied piano performance with Melvin Chen and Peter Serkin at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Please check out the recording of my senior recital, titled Bach: Busonified (currently out of stock at CD Baby, but I can get you a copy), or listen to some of my older recordings at my Piano Society page.
After I graduated in May 2010, I stayed at Bard for an additional year as a Collaborative Piano Fellow, where I was mentored by Frank Corliss and Kayo Iwama, and worked with students of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program led by Dawn Upshaw, as well as undergraduate instrumentalists at the conservatory.
In 2008, I made my debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, performing Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, Op. 20 under the baton of Leon Botstein. In May 2012, I performed Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat major for Two Pianos, K. 365 with fellow Bard graduate Wei Zhou and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, again with Leon Botstein as conductor. I was a finalist at the Music Academy of the West’s Concerto Competition in 2007, and won the 2006 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition.
A versatile musician and self-taught improviser, I play everything from classical to jazz and other contemporary styles of music. Please also see the Musical Theater section below.
I also work as a software developer in the city. I would love to apply my coding skills towards projects that will benefit the music and theater community. Please contact me if you have any ideas!
If you’re interested, feel free to read my senior project in Computer Science and Mathematics at Bard College. Source code is available upon request.
Please feel free to email me at or call me at +1-917-GAN-CELL (426-2355).