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Han Chen

 

 

    Hailed by the New York Times as a pianist with "a graceful touch... rhythmic precision... hypnotic charm” (2012) and "sure, subtle touch," (2014) Han Chen is a distinctive artist whose credentials at a young age already include important prizes in competitions of traditional music as well as increasing respect in the avant-garde.

 

    Mr. Chen’s debut CD with Naxos Records, which consists of all-Liszt operatic transcriptions, was released in January 2016 as the first prize winner of the 6th China International Piano Competition. Gramophone complimented Mr. Chen’s “brilliant performance”  in the CD as “impressively commanding and authoritative.” The website Classics Today also praised for his “assured, elegant and totally effortless technique” by scoring 10 out of 10 in both artistic quality and sound quality. International Piano magazine (UK) described Mr. Chen’s performance in the competition as “[Chen] displayed extraordinary strength, talent and flair.” In addition to the recent champion, he was the winner of the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Jinqiao National Piano competition in China, among others. Mr. Chen was also awarded the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Scholarship and 26th Chimei Art Prize Piano Category.

 

    As a soloist, Mr. Chen has appeared with many orchestras, including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (under Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy), the Aspen Music Festival Brass Ensemble, the China Symphony Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory Middle School Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and Xiamen National Orchestra.

 

    Being an enthusiastic advocate for modern music, Mr. Chen actively performs both 20th-century classics and works by emerging composers. His close collaboration with the Juilliard modern music ensemble AXIOM led him to the performance of music by composers such as Pierre Boulez, Toshio Hosokawa, Gyorgy Kurtag, Magnus Lindberg, Steve Reich, Charles Wuorinen. He was appointed as one of the soloists in John Adam’s Pianola Music in the 2012-2013 season, the soloist in the John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano in the 2014-2015 season, and now on the roster of the New York-based contemporary music group Ensemble Échappé.

 

    As a recitalist, Mr. Chen programs music with highly creative themes and strong belief in promoting living composers. In the summer of 2016, he created an all-transcription program to honor the great technical aspect of the piano as a musical instrument. He celebrated John Cage’s centennial birthday in 2012 by performing his complete Sonatas and Interludes. His all-New-York-based composer program in the new music performance venue, Spectrum, was on the critic’s pick of Time Out New York magazine and the website I Care If You Listen. In the summer of 2014, he attended the Lucern Festival Academy founded by Pierre Boulez, and worked with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger. At the same time, he himself is also an avid composer, studying with professor Philip Lasser. His works have been performed in National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, Taiwan Classical Music Society, Paul Hall in Juilliard, Klaiverhaus / Unity Church, Greenwich House Music School, Aspen Chapel, Altered Stages 2, The Dolphin Cafe, to name a few.

 

    Native of Taichung, Taiwan, Mr. Chen attended the Taichung Municipal Guang Fu Elementary School and later on the Shanghai Conservatory Elementary & Middle School. His teachers included Meng-hua Wu, Tsuifong Hung, Siyi Wu, Christopher Zhong and Kuan-wen Wang. After his study in Shanghai, he moved to New York and received his accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Music at The Juilliard School with professor Yoheved Kaplinsky under the C/Kaplan Piano Scholarship, Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship and Van Cliburn Alumni Scholarship. He has also worked with Thomas Ades, Jonathan Biss, Misha Dichter, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Levin, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Peter Oundjian and Arie Vardi in masterclasses. He is now studying with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Photo by Raymond Huang

Photo by Raymond Huang

  鋼琴家陳涵,第六屆中國國際鋼琴比賽金獎得主,現任紐約現代樂團Ensemble Échappé駐團鋼琴家、新澤西New York Music School教師、以及福建省藝術教育協會鋼琴教育專業委員會之委員。畢業於上海音樂學院附中及茱莉亞學院,曾師從上海音樂學院特聘鋼琴教育家鍾聽、王冠文,以及茱莉亞學院鋼琴系主任卡普林斯基教授(Yoheved Kaplinsky)。其第一張專輯由拿索斯唱片公司(Naxos)於2016年1月發行,收錄了七首李斯特的歌劇改編曲。此專輯為拿索斯唱片公司發行的 “李斯特全套鋼琴作品集” 中第四十一張光碟。英國名聲顯赫的專業唱片評論雜誌《留聲機》(Gramophone)對這張專輯表示高度讚賞,稱讚其詮釋“令人印象深刻且富有權威”。

    於求學期間,陳涵曾多次獲獎於國內外各大鋼琴比賽,其中包括:中國“金橋杯”全國青少年鋼琴比賽,俄羅斯作品國際鋼琴比賽以及香港國際鋼琴比賽。除此之外,他還榮獲了第二十六屆奇美藝術獎、 茱麗亞芒茲鋼琴獎學金、上海藝術人才基金學生獎、牛恩德博士鋼琴音樂獎學金和唐君遠教育教育基金會獎學金。 他與國際交響樂團的合作則包括:阿胥肯納吉(Vladimir Ashkenazy)指揮的香港愛樂樂團、澳門交響樂團、萊克星頓愛樂樂團、仙臺愛樂樂團、茱莉亞交響樂團、阿斯本銅管樂團、中國交響樂團、廈門樂團、國立臺灣交響樂團及上海音樂學院附中樂團。其精湛的演出曾使他被紐約時報(The New York Times)評為賦有“優雅的觸鍵... 精準的節奏... 及催眠般的魅力” (2012) “確實而微妙的觸鍵”(2014)的鋼琴家。

    作為現代音樂的推崇者,陳涵在茱莉亞學院求學時曾多次與現代樂團AXIOM合作,演奏了現代作曲大師約翰∙亞當斯(John Adams) 、皮埃爾∙布列茲(Pierre Boulez)、約翰∙凱奇(John Cage)、斯蒂夫∙萊奇(Steve Reich)等人的作品。於第六屆中國國際鋼琴比賽中,其初賽曲目裡艾略特∙卡特(Elliott Carter)的《懸鏈線》(Catenaires)被評委會主席鮑蕙蕎女士在鋼琴藝術雜誌中評為 “足以顯示了他在大賽中仍能保持清醒、清晰的頭腦和過人的自信。” 受到了約翰∙凱奇的啟發,他開始接觸了預置鋼琴(Prepared Piano)與玩具鋼琴(Toy Piano)。在2012年,他在茱莉亞舉辦了凱奇誕辰一百週年音樂會,演奏了整套寫給預置鋼琴的《奏鳴曲與間奏曲》。

    於2013年,陳涵與小提琴家張妤箐和大提琴家熊胤共同組成了 “新HSIN三重奏” ,致力於發展鋼琴三重奏的演奏技法與當代曲目。自創立以來,他們已在紐約、佛洛里達、上海、成都、安徽舉辦了專場音樂會,並登上了2015年蘋果App Store年度優秀App茱莉亞公開課的古典音樂系列,與指導教授約瑟夫∙卡利希斯坦(Joseph Kalichstein)錄製了柴可夫斯基的《鋼琴三重奏,作品50號》。2015年與2016年間,新HSIN三重奏連續兩年被指定作為特邀藝術家演奏了茱莉亞由重奏作品比賽中所挑選出來的優秀作曲家為其創作的作品。其還曾參與了茱莉亞的年度現代音樂節FOCUS!,為日本作曲家細川俊夫(Toshio Hosokawa)的 “鋼琴三重奏” 進行了美國首演。

    陳涵曾跟隨茱莉亞教授菲利普∙拉瑟(Philip Lasser)學習作曲,並多次發表自己的作品,如鋼琴作品《即興曲》、《四首小品》,重奏作品《玩具鋼琴三重奏》 與管弦樂作品《徒勞》等。在台灣文化部藝術新秀首次發表補助下,陳涵於台灣古典音樂協會以及國立台灣交響樂團演奏廳發表了作品專場音樂會。陳涵的作品還曾在茱莉亞保羅音樂廳、紐約Klaiverhaus聯合教堂、格林威治音樂學校、阿斯本禮拜堂等地進行首演。

    1992年生於台灣台中,陳涵於四歲開始習琴,啟蒙老師為吳孟樺老師。2000年考入台中光復國小音樂班,師從洪翠峰老師。九歲隨家人遷居上海,同年進入上海音樂學院附小,隨吳思一老師學習。於附中開始,在鍾聽及王冠文老師雙重指導下,成為了第一位上海音樂學院附中的台灣正式生,並與兩位恩師接受了中央電視台CCTV-4《兩岸情緣》的訪問。2010年畢業後順利考入茱莉亞學院 (The Juilliard School),並本碩連讀,於2015年提前畢業。陳涵現居於紐約市,並在新英格蘭音樂學院(New England Conservatory)師從卞和暻女士(Ms. Wha Kyung Byun)。