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Award-winning Guest Pianist Sean Chen Performing Nov. 16

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Winner of the 2013 American Pianists Awards and third-prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, American pianist Sean Chen is hailed as a charismatic rising star. He was also named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts. On Friday, Nov. 16, Chen will perform a solo piano recital at Del Mar College (DMC).

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programs and Music Department, the free recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the East Campus at Kosar and Ayers. For more information, contact DMC faculty member Dr. David Sutanto at 698-1614 or dsutanto@delmar.edu.

The evening’s program will include Chopin’s Tarantelle Op. 43, Etude Op. 25 No. 7 and 3 Mazurkas Op. 63, Alexander Scriabin’s Nocturne for the Left Hand Op. 9, Leopold Godowsky’s Study No. 22 (apres Chopin Op. 10 No. 12), Franz Liszt’s 6 Chants Polonais (apres Chopin Op. 73)and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a theme of Chopin.

Chenhas performed with many prominent orchestras, including the Fort Worth, Indianapolis, San Diego, Knoxville, Hartford, Louisiana Philharmonic, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Pasadena, Phoenix, Santa Fe and New West Symphony orchestras, as well as the chamber orchestras of Philadelphia, Indianapolis and South Bay.

The pianist’s solo recitals have been enjoyed in major venues worldwide, including Jordan Hall in Boston, Subculture in New York City, the American Art Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Salle Cortot in Paris.

Acclaimed for his natural charisma and approachable personality, Chen is sought for residencies that combine performances with master classes, school concerts and artist conversations, which have brought him to institutions such as the Cleveland School of Music, Indiana University, University of British Columbia, Spotlight Awards at the Los Angeles Music Center, Young Artist World Piano Festival and several music teachers’ associations throughout the country.

Featured in both live and recorded performances in New York, Chicago, Boston, Indianapolis, National Public Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today, Chen has also been a profile featured on the cover of Clavier Companion in May 2015, recognition as “One to Watch” by International Piano Magazine in March 2014 and inclusion in WFMT’s “30 Under 30.”

A multifaceted musician, Chen also transcribes, composes and improvises. His transcription of Ravel’s La Valsehas been received with glowing acclaim, and his encore improvisations are lauded as “genuinely brilliant” by the Dallas Morning News. His Prelude in F#was commissioned by fellow pianist Eric Zuber and subsequently performed in New York. Currently, Chen lives in Kansas City, where he is the artist-in-residence at the University of Missouri.

For more information about Chen, visit www.seanchenpiano.com.


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