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Sean Chen - In Concert

September 20, 2015
Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.

  Sean Chen - Performers Biography  

Sean Chen, Concert Pianist

Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), pianist Sean Chen won over fans and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition. The first American to earn a Cliburn award since 1997, he took home third prize, just months after being named the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. He continues to earn accolades for performances that are “dazzlingly executed, full of colors and nuance” (Arts Fuse).

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Presents Sean Chen, Concert Pianist September 20, 2015

In the 2014–15 season, Mr. Chen performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; the Milwaukee, San Diego, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras; and will also traverse the United States in recital and chamber concerts. Lauded for his natural charisma and approachable personality, he is particularly in demand for residencies that combine performances with master classes, school concerts, and artist conversations.

Mr. Chen has previously performed with several orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber, Juilliard, New West Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, James Judd, and Boris Brott. He has presented solo recitals in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and in Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Taipei, among other cities. Mr. Chen's performances have been broadcast live on From the Top, American Public Media's Performance Today, WQXR (New York), WGBH (Boston), and WFYI (Indianapolis). An advocate of new music, he writes his own arrangements and compositions, and has worked with several composers to perform their works, including Michael Williams, Nicco Athens, Michael Gilbertson, and Reinaldo Moya. A recording featuring the solo works of Michael Williams on the Parma label was released in early 2014.

Sean Chen, Concert Pianist
Medalist in the 2013
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition



Recording label harmonia mundi released a live CD of his Cliburn Competition performances in November 2013, featuring Beethoven’s monumental “Hammerklavier” sonata, as well as works by Brahms and Bartók, which Gramophone praised for “ravishing tone and cogently contoured lines,” and Limelight proclaimed to be “bold and fresh-faced.” In 2014, another solo album was released on the Steinway label with works by Scriabin and Ravel, including his own revelatory arrangement of Ravel’s La valse.

Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and has collected awards that include the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award. He now resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he completed his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music under Hung-Kuan Chen in May 2014. He previously studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio at The Juilliard School, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. When not at the piano, Mr. Chen enjoys composing and tinkering with computers.

Press Quotes

“[Sean Chen’s] ebullient personality lights up the stage the instant he walks onto it… He played the Debussy Suite Bergamasque masterfully. His Clair de Lune shimmered, his Prelude, Menuet, and Passepied were dazzlingly executed, full of colors and nuance. I had enjoyed everything before [his performance of La valse], but was nevertheless astonished by the pianist’s musical fireworks at the service of music that so richly deserves them.” –Arts Fuse (Boston)

“Mr. Chen’s charisma, remarkable musical depth and talent for coaxing subtle and surprising colors and textures from each work on the recording are only a few reasons to listen to La Valse more than once.” –LA Music Examiner

“He caps Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata with an unflappable rendition of the near-impossible fugue. Best of all is Brahms’s Op. 21, No. 1 Variations, where Chen orchestrates the thick textures with ravishing tone and cogently contoured lines, and links each section by way of assiduous transitions and unified tempo relationships.” –Gramophone




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