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Van Cliburn Piano Competion 2013

Sean Chen

2013 crystal award winner

Age as of Competition: 24
United States

“There’s an undeniable spark in Chen’s playing that keeps the ears engaged.” — Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

The first American to win a prize since 1997, Crystal Award Winner Sean Chen won fans with his “exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post). Also the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, highlights of his 2013-14 season include return invitations to perform with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Jordan Hall in Boston, and the release of a live CD of his Competition performances in fall 2013 on the harmonia mundi usa label, featuring works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartók. An advocate of new music, Mr. Chen has collaborated with several composers to perform their works, including Michael Williams, Nicco Athens, Michael Gilbertson, and Reinaldo Moya.

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