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Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, visiting faculty at Yale School of Music, performs Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Scriabin December 1

November 5, 2010

“This man plays music with uncommon understanding and the instrument with uncommon imagination.”
– Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Hung-Kuan Chen in a recital on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Chen, who is a visiting professor of piano at the School of Music this year, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso… a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors.” His sense of color will be particularly apt for the Romantic and post-Romantic repertoire on his program: Chopin‘s Deux Nocturnes, Op. 62; Ravel‘s vivid, fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit; Scriabin‘s even more virtuosic Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53; and Liszt‘s masterful Sonata in B minor, S. 178.

The Scriabin sonata has been described as the most difficult piece in the piano repertory by no less an artist than Sviatoslav Richter. The epigraph to the piece reads, “I summon you to life, hidden longings! You, drowned in the dark depths of the creative spirit, you fearful embryos of life, I bring you daring!”

The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by the pianist Boris Berman.

Tickets to the performance are $12 to $22, $6 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Artist

Hung-Kuan Chen is a pianist of uncompromising individuality and an inspiring pedagogue. Born in Taipei and raised in Germany, Mr. Chen balances strong roots in Germanic Classicism with the sensibility of Chinese philosophy. The result is a dynamic and imaginative artistry. One of the most decorated pianists of his generation, Mr. Chen won top prizes in the Arthur Rubinstein, Busoni, and Geza Anda International Piano Competitions and is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has collaborated with major orchestras including Houston, Baltimore, Israel, Montréal,  Tonhalle, San Francisco, and Shanghai. He has performed with such conductors as Hans Graf, Christoph Eschenbach, and Andrew Parrett, and with colleagues including Yo-Yo Ma, Cho-Liang Lin, and David Shifrin. Mr. Chen has served as chair of the piano department of the Shanghai Conservatory and is the director of the International Piano Academy in Shanghai. He is a member of the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory. In 1992 Hung-Kuan Chen suffered an injury to his hand. Through meditation and his own research, he was able to heal and return to his life as a concert artist. His first post-accident solo recital in 1998 received rave reviews, and he was described as a transformed artist.