Melvin Chen has been appointed Associate Professor of Piano (adjunct) at the Yale School of Music. In announcing this faculty position, Dean Robert Blocker has also appointed Chen to serve as Deputy Dean of the School. Blocker commented: “Melvin Chen’s longstanding relationship with Yale College and the School of Music, his international profile as an artist, and his successful tenure as Associate Dean at Bard College make him ideally suited for his work at the new deputy dean in the School of Music. We look forward to welcoming him back to Yale.”
As a pianist, Chen has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center, in addition to appearances throughout Canada and Asia. His performances have been featured on radio and television stations around the globe, and his solo recordings include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations on the Bridge label, praised as “a classic” by the American Record Guide. He has also released recordings of Joan Tower’s piano music (Naxos); the Shostakovich piano sonatas (Bridge); and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice (Ghostlight).
Melvin Chen was a member of the Yale School of Music faculty from 2000 to 2005. More recently, he has served as the associate director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music as well as a member of the piano faculty. He is also the artistic director of the chamber music program at the Hotchkiss Summer Portals. MORE