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Hung-Kuan Chen performs Brahms, Schumann & more Nov. 28

“A virtuoso... with an enormous palette of tone colors.” 
— Boston Globe
November 13, 2012

Hung-Kuan Chen

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, November 28. Chen, a faculty member hailed by the Boston Globe as “a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors,” will perform a program of music featuring masterpieces from the Classical and Baroque periods.

This concert will open with two pieces by Mozart. The Fragment of a Suite in C major, K. 399 recalls the operatic overtures of the French Baroque with its slow opening followed by vivacious counterpoint. The lively spirit is followed by another Baroque reference, A Little Gigue in G Major, K. 574.

The first half closes with Schumann’s masterful Fantasie in C major, Op. 17.

Brahms’s Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 will open the second half of the concert. This late work is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s emotional state after the deaths of his sister Elise and close friend Elizabeth von Herzogenberg.

Chen will conclude the recital with Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, arranged for piano from the composer’s 1911 ballet.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets are $12–22, $6–9 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About Hung-Kuan Chen

Hung-Kuan Chen has been described as enigmatic, brilliant, and versatile, admired as both a performer of remarkable individuality and an inspiring teacher. Born in Taipei and educated in Germany and United States, Chen’s early studies fostered strong roots in Germanic classicism, which he tempered with Chinese philosophy. After winning the Young Concert Artists competition in 1987, Chen has performed in the major cities of Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He has appeared with the orchestras of Houston, Baltimore, Israel, Montreal, the Tonhalle, San Francisco, and Shanghai, among others. He has performed with such conductors as Hans Graf, Christoph Eschenbach, and Andrew Parrott as well as with colleagues including Yo-Yo Ma, Cho-Liang Lin, and David Shifrin. In 1992, Chen suffered an injury to his hand that caused neurological damage and eventually resulted in focal dystonia. Through meditation and research, he was able to heal. His first post-accident solo recital in 1998 received rave reviews, and he was described as a transformed artist. A 1991 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chen is currently on the piano faculty of New England Conservatory, a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, and co-director of the International Piano Academy of the annual Shanghai Festival.