"Weiyin Chen...a stunning young pianist...Her keyboard touch proved consistently firm, meticulously balanced and tastefully assertive, and her sense of phrasing lucidly energetic..."
Kenneth Herman, San Diego Arts , August 8, 2007
In a time of promising young virtuosos from all over the world, Weiyin Chen stands out not just for her dazzling technique, but above all for the sheer musicality and maturity of her playing, qualities rare in an artist of her young years. Her gift for getting to the musical “heart” of the scores she plays has drawn the attention and praise of such master musicians as the renowned conductor-pianist Leon Fleisher and pianists Richard Goode and Claude Frank, among a legion of other notable figures. Ms. Chen is a “thinking pianist” who has a rare ability to look beyond the notes on the page to divine a score’s musical essence.
The Taiwanese-American pianist has performed internationally as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She marked her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of maestro Edo de Waart in May of 2008. Her recent highlights include performances of the Brahms First Piano Concerto with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher, who traveled to Asia expressly for these concerts. She will also world premiere a work for solo piano entitled “Sun Moon Lake”, commissioned from the internationally noted American composer Marc Neikrug. Other engagements include appearing as soloist with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and a gala concert with the Taiwan Philharmonic NSO. Recitals engagements have taken her to Taiwan, New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, chamber music appearances at the Lake George Music Festival and Salt Lake City.
Ms. Chen just had two releases world wide during the 2012-2013 season, including her first solo album “Diary in G” on Azica Records performing Sonatas by Schubert and Schumann as well as her first contemporary album “Sounding Surfaces” performing the music by the rising American composer Steven Holochwost on Albany Records.
Weiyin Chen has also appeared as a soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, the Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Gijon. She was a featured artist in the Shanghai International Music Festival and the Taipei International Keyboard Festival. Her recital appearances include France, Holland, Panama and New York.
Ms. Chen’s performances have been televised nationally in Taiwan, China and on UCSDTV in California. Her playing was broadcasted on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase and Reflections from the Keyboard, and NPR’s Performance Today.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Chen has performed in numerous prestigious festivals including La Jolla SummerFest, Verbier Festival & Academy, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sarasota Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Perlman Music Program and Chamber Music at the Banff Centre. She has collaborated with soloists such as violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Ilya Gringolts, Chee-Yun Kim, David Chan, Alina Pogostkina, violist Paul Neubauer, Cynthia Phelps and cellist Gary Hoffman.
Ms. Chen’s education included studies with the pre-eminent Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, private study with Richard Goode and Claude Frank, she worked with Oxana Yablonskaya and Joseph Kalichstein at The Juilliard School, and Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard Pre-College Division. Ms. Chen is a winner of Princess Cecilia di Medici’s La Gesse Foundation Fellowship and a prize-winner of the Sorantin International Young Artists Award.
Born in Taiwan in 1983, Ms. Chen resides in New York. For additional information, please visit her website at http://www.weiyinchen.com