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Killeen Daily Herald: Cliburn finalist to perform at Temple CAC

chen-cliburnThe Killeen Daily Herald
By Steve Pettit

In 1978, the great Texas pianist Van Cliburn traveled to Temple for a noteworthy occasion. The Cultural Activities Center, at considerable cost, purchased the sine qua non of every serious classical music venue: a 9-foot Steinway “D” grand piano, and Cliburn, always gracious to a fault, agreed to personally dedicate the instrument.

It’s particularly fitting, then, that the same piano will be played by American-born Sean Chen, 24, Saturday at the CAC. Chen was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — the first American to win the Silver Medal since 1997.

Presented jointly with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, the recital is part of the Central Texas Orchestral Society’s series at CAC.

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Published October 25, 2013
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American Pianists’ Sean Chen wins Crystal at Cliburn competition

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Less than two months after winning the American Pianists Association’s 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative prizes available to an American pianist, Sean Chen has been awarded the third prize Crystal Award in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The 24-year-old was the only American to reach the finals, and the first to do so since 1997, when his fellow Californian Jon Nakamatsu took first prize. Chen’s award was announced at the ceremony in Fort Worth on Sunday, following his final-round performances of Beethoven’s “Emperor” and Rachmaninoff’s Third piano concertos with theFort Worth Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published July 1, 2013
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Sean Chen ’14AD wins third prize in Cliburn Competition

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Sean Chen ’14AD has been awarded Third Prize (Crystal Award) in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

In the final round, he played two concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Emperor,” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. MORE

Published June 24, 2013
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Sean Chen wins third prize in Cliburn Competition

Chen and Maestro Leonard Slatkin return to the stage after performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

Sean Chen and Maestro Leonard Slatkin return to the stage after performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Sean Chen ’14AD has been awarded Third Prize (Crystal Award) in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

In the final round, he played two concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Emperor,” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. MORE

Published June 10, 2013
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YSM students advance in competitions

Violinists Wonyoung Jung and Suliman Tekalli, pianist Sean Chen compete this week


Sean Chen ’14AD advances to semifinals of Cliburn Competition

chen-sean-cliburnPianist Sean Chen advanced to the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition. His recital in this round includes Ligeti: Étude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable:; Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, op. 21, no. 1; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Theofanidis: Birichino (the required piece commissioned for the competition); and Stravinsky: Trois movements du Pétrouchka. Chen will also perform the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Brentano String Quartet.

Second-prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Sean Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Chamber, Juilliard, New West Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic. He has presented solo recitals in Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Taipei, among other cities. Additional awards include top prize at the 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Julliard, the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award. Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and now resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music. When not at the piano, he enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.

Wonyoung Jung ’13MM advances to semifinal Round III in Michael Hill Violin Competition

In the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, held in New Zealand, Wongyoung Jung ’13MM was one of six competitors selected to advance to Round III of the semifinals. MORE

Published June 4, 2013
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Pianists Amy Yang and Andrea Lam to compete in the Cliburn Competition

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Two pianists from the Yale School of Music, alumna Andrea Lam ’04AD and current Artist Diploma student Amy J. Yang, will be among the thirty competitors in the preliminary round of the upcoming Cliburn Competition.  Lam and Yang were selected from hundreds of recitals to compete in the prestigious event, which will take place in May. Named for the spectacular pianist Van Cliburn, winner of the First Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (1958), the competition is one of the most prestigious of its kind worldwide. It was first held in 1962 and has been repeated every four years since then. A complete list of the thirty finalists for 2009 is available on the Cliburn Competition’s website. After the Preliminary Round, twelve pianists will compete in the semifinal round; six will vie for top honors in the final round.

Australian pianist Andrea Lam began her musical training at age five, and at thirteen won the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Quest Competition Viewer Choice Award, which led to debuts with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Since then she has played with all of Australia’s major orchestras, and has also performed in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States, collaborating with such conductors as Michael Christie, Edo de Waart, Alan Gilbert, and Christopher Hogwood. A graduate of Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music, she will record two Mozart concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in July 2009.  More information is available at her website: http://www.andrealam.com

Amy YangAmy Jiaqi Yang immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling in Houston. First-prize winner of the Corpus Christi Young Artist’s Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation’s National Chopin Competition, she has performed throughout the United States and in China, Poland, Switzerland, and Turkey. Ms. Yang is an avid chamber musician and has recently participated in the Marlboro Festival, toured with Musicians from Ravinia, and performed with ensemble for former first lady Laura Bush at the White House. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a master’s degree from Juilliard, and is currently enrolled at Yale, where she also studies sculpture and classical guitar.  Audio clips are available at Ms. Yang’s MySpace Music site.

Published March 20, 2009
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