A thoughtful, lyrical, and accomplished artist.
– Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
In a time of promising young virtuosos from all over the world the Taiwanese-American pianist 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, all of whom she studied with extensively, 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 a score’s divine musical essence.
This June, Ms. Chen concludes a three-part series of concerts at New York’s standout downtown venue SubCulture. In January she collaborated with the exceptional Miró Quartet to perform the Piano Quartet and Quintet of Brahms. The series closed with a solo piano recital on June 13, featuring the world premiere of American composer Marc Neikrug’s work Sun Moon Lake. In the first concert of the series, she performed with Camerata RCO (an ensemble whose members are players in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam) and was favorably reviewed by The New York Times senior music critic Anthony Tommasini:
The featured artist was the appealing young Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen,
a thoughtful, lyrical and accomplished artist… The hallmarks of Ms. Chen’s performance were the singing quality of her sound and her attentiveness to inner voices and harmonic shadings… I was captivated by the breadth and warmth of the Mozart playing, and the easy interplay between Ms. Chen and the ensemble.
—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, September 15, 2014
Further highlights of Ms. Chen’s 2014/15 season include a Dutch tour with the Camerata RCO; a recital at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago; and appearances in New York City and Taiwan with the Chelsea Music Festival. In March, Ms. Chen traveled to India, where she gave a masterclass and recital under the auspices of the Mehli Mehta foundation. Other highlights included performances of the Brahms First Piano Concerto with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher, a debuted with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in a Royal Celebration Concert celebrating the 86th Birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Edo de Waart, concerti with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and collaboration with most of the orchestras in Asia.
Ms. Chen’s debut CD Diary in G was released in 2013 and her recent recording with the Camerata RCO was released in June 2015.
Visit Weiyin Chen’s website at: http://www.weiyinchen.com/
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