Sean Chen

Paul Badura-Skoda
Sean Chen won over fans and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity to bring the house down” (Huffington Post). Markedly, in his Final Round performance of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3, “he summoned massive, orchestral sonorities, yet he could also play with enormous delicacy. It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt like he is an artist with something to say” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Winner of the crystal award, he is the first American to achieve a Cliburn prize since 1997.


Mr. Chen continues to earn accolades for his “pyrotechnical display, blazing through this fiendishly difficult music with technical precision and fiery emotion” (ArtsNash). Highlights of the 2013–14 season include return invitations to perform with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Jordan Hall in Boston, and recital and concerto appearances across the United States and Europe. Recording label harmonia mundi released a live CD of his Competition performances in November 2013, featuring Beethoven’s monumental “Hammerklavier” sonata, as well as
works by Brahms and Bartók.

 

Also the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Mr. Chen has previously
performed with several orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber, Indianapolis
Symphony, Juilliard, New West Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such
conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz, and Boris Brott. He has presented solo recitals in
Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Taipei, among other cities. An advocate of
new music, he 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 is forthcoming.

 

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 is pursuing his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music
under Hung-Kuan Chen. He previously studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio at The Juilliard
School, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

 

Lydia Artymiw

 

Jesús Castro-Balbi

 

Hung-Kuan Chen

 

Sean Chen

 

Jose Feghali

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

 

Alon Goldstein

 

Harrington String Quartet

 

Yoheved Kaplinsky

 

Gloria Lin

 

Harold Martina

 

John Owings

 

John Perry

 

Igor Resnianski

 

Alexander Shtarkman

 

Barbara Sudweeks

 

Tamás Ungár

 

Daphne Volle

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