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Van Cliburn Piano Competion 2013

Sean Chen

2013 crystal award winner

Age as of Competition: 24
United States

“It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt that he is an artist with something to say.” –Cincinnati Enquirer

Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), 26-year-old American Sean Chen won third prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and was also awarded the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association in 2013. Since then, he has continued to earn accolades for “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (New York Times), and was recently named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts. In the coming season, Mr. Chen will make return appearances with the San Diego, Carmel, and Sante Fe Symphony Orchestras, as well as perform with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, and the North Carolina, Hudson Valley, Pasadena, Bakersfield, Knoxville, Fairfax, and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras. He will be traveling across the United States for solo and chamber recitals, including concerts in Chicago, Denver, Louisville, and Los Angeles. He was featured on the cover of Clavier Companion in May 2015, and recognized as “One to Watch” by International Piano Magazine in March 2014. A multifaceted musician, Mr. Chen is an advocate of new music, and also transcribes, composes, and improvises himself. He has released three acclaimed recordings to date for the harmonia mundi, Steinway, and Parma labels.


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