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Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

| New England Conservatory: Jordan Hall

This concert is presented by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

Pi-Hsien Chen 陳必先, pianist (brief bio see below)

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MOZART: Fantasie c-Minor KV 475

MOZART: Sonata c-Minor KV 457                                 

LIANG 梁雷: My Windows 我的窗       

SCHOENBERG: Five Piano Pieces Op. 23

 – intermission --

BOULEZ: Third Sonata (1962)

SCHUBERT: Sonata G-Major Op.78, D 894


Tickets: (Children under 6 not admitted)

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Pi-Hsien Chen 陳必先, pianist

"Chen creates a masterful "Art of the Fugue". -- The Boston Globe

"...Ms Chen's recording of Jean Barraqué's Sonata is remarkable. She takes a sparkling, crystalline view of the music in a way that brings it near the music of Barraqué's principal French contemporary, Pierre Boulez...." -- The New York Times

"...Pi-Hsien Chen interleaves the four books of the Music of Changes with nine Scarlatti keyboard sonatas.... The juxtaposition works wonderfully with the irregular multilayered sound masses of Cage's pieces." -- The Guardian, U.K.

Pi-Hsien Chen 陳必先 was born in Taipei in 1950.  She left Taiwan when she was 9 and entered the University of Music in Cologne, Germany when she was 10. The European media praised she as the "Chinese Miracle" . In 1972, she received the First Prizes of the International ARD Competition in Munich,  the Arnold Schoenberg Competition in Rotterdam, and the Bach Competition in Washington, D.C.

Pi-Hsien Chen appeared in most of the world major concert halls, and performed with major orchestras, such as London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo NHK, and all the German Radio Symphony Orchestras; with conductors Bernard Haitink, Paul Sacher, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, among others. She has also been a partner in the Asko Ensemble in Amsterdam, Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, and Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris.  She gave performances in Schwetzinger Festspiele, London Proms, Osaka Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Festival d'Automne Paris, Festival Wien Modern, Triennale Cologne, and the Festivals of Lucerne and Osaka.  She represented German Music at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, appeared with Alfons Kontarsky.

She collaborated with composers John Cage, Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág, John Patrick Thomas, and Péter Eötvös. An IRCAM documentary shows Boulez assisting Pi-hsien Chen as she prepares for the world premiere of his Douze Notations. In the  documentary film "Black and White" about Elliott Carter, she was the pianist in his Double Concerto and Two Chamber Orchestras.  She has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Köln since 1983,  and at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg since 2004.


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