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Intensive weeks

Academic year 2016/2017

Piano
03. Jun - 08. Jun 2017

Academic year 2014/2015

Piano
27. May - 01. Jun 2015

Professor

Prof. Hung-Kuan Chen

 

“This man plays music with uncommon understanding and the instrument with uncommon imagination …” -- Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

 

“… rarely have I heard such eloquence and musical understanding. Is anyone listening?” -- Ruth Laredo

Hung-Kuan Chen is one of the great personalities of the music world: enigmatic, brilliant and versatile. He is a pianist of uncompromising individuality and a remarkably inspiring pedagogue. Born in Taipei and raised in Germany, Chen’s early studies fostered strong roots in German Classicism which he tempered with the sensibility of Chinese philosophy: The result is a dynamic and imaginative artistry. Furthermore, he is regarded as an extraordinary interpreter of Beethoven’s music.

One of the most decorated pianists of his generation, Hung-Kuan Chen has won top prizes in the Arthur Rubinstein, the Busoni and the Géza Anda International Piano Competitions, along with prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal, Van Cliburn, and Chopin International Competitions. He has also been a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

He has appeared in the music capitals of Asia, Europe and the Americas and collaborated with many major orchestras including Houston, Baltimore, Israel, Montréal, Pittsburgh, the Tonhalle, San Francisco and Shanghai. Chen has performed with highly esteemed conductors; Hans Graf, Christoph Eschenbach, George Cleve, Joseph Silverstein, Andrew Parrett and Sui Lan; and colleagues including Yo-Yo Ma, Cho-Liang Lin, Roman Totenberg, Dénes Zsigmondy, Bion Tsang, Anthony Gigliotti, David Shifrin, and Laurence Lesser and fellow pianists Tema Blackstone and Pi-hsien Chen.

Hung-Kuan Chen was Chair of the Piano Department of the Shanghai Conservatory and was the Director of the International Piano Academy in Shanghai, and is currently a Professor at Yale University and The Juilliard School. Prior to this he joined the faculty of Boston University, New England Conservatory and was a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Mount Royal Conservatory in Canada. Chen has adjudicated international piano competitions and has taught in the annual festival for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston.

In 1992 Hung-Kuan Chen suffered an injury to his hand, which caused neurological damage and eventually resulted in focal dystonia. Through Qi Gong meditation and his own unique research he was able to heal himself and return to his life as a concert artist. His first post-accident solo recital in March of 1998 received rave reviews and he was described as a transformed artist: “Back in the ’80’s Apollo and Dionysus, Florestan and Eusebius were in Chen’s pianistic personality. He could play with poetic insight, he could also erupt into an almost terrifying over drive. Now there is repose and the forces have been brought into complimentary harmony” (Boston Globe).

This season, Hung-Kuan Chen is giving recitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York (Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium), in Shanghai, and in other major cities worldwide. Hung-Kuan Chen is represented by Blackstone Artists Management INC.

Mai 2015

Information
Intensive weeks

Academic year 2016/2017

Piano
03. Jun - 08. Jun 2017

Academic year 2014/2015

Piano
27. May - 01. Jun 2015