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Special Series: American Pianists Association
Classical Fellowship Awards Winner: Sean Chen
Chen won the year-long competition where five talented young musicians vied for a prize valued at more than $100,000, one of the most lucrative awards available to an American pianist. The finals took place from April 15-April 20 last year in Indianapolis, home of the APA.
The finalists, Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour, Claire Huangci, Andrew Staupe and Eric Zuber, participated in a plethora of public, adjudicated concerts: solo recitals; chamber music with the Linden String Quartet; APA-commissioned premieres of new music by five prominent women composers (Lisa Bielawa, Margaret Brouwer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider); a song recital with soprano Jessica Rivera; and concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz . On April 20, Chen was named the APA’s 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow.
During the two-year fellowship, Chen will perform recitals and concertos with orchestras around the United States, and make a solo recording for the Steinway label, distributed by ArkivMusic. Chen, who grew up in Oak Park, Calif., is a Juilliard graduate currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music.
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