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Han Chen

 

 

    Hailed by the New York Times as a pianist with "a graceful touch... rhythmic precision... hypnotic charm” and "sure, subtle touch," 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 also the winner of the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the 26th Chimei Art Prize, among others. His extraordinary performances in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the 15th Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition and the 11th International Franz Liszt Competition were also highly acclaimed.

 

    As a soloist, Mr. Chen has appeared with many orchestras, including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (under Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy), the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, 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 advocate for modern music, Mr. Chen actively performs music from the 20th and the 21st century. As a member of the New York-based contemporary music group Ensemble Échappé, he worked with composers such as Tonia Ko, Kevin Puts, Sean Shepherd and Nina Young. At the Lucerne Festival Academy founded by Pierre Boulez, he worked with composers Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann and Johannes Maria Staud, conductors Heinz Holliger, Matthias Pintscher and Simon Rattle. His close collaboration with the Juilliard modern music ensemble AXIOM led him to the performance of music by John Adams, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Toshio Hosokawa, Gyorgy Kurtag, Magnus Lindberg, Steve Reich and Charles Wuorinen. He celebrated John Cage’s centennial birthday in 2012 by performing his complete Sonatas and Interludes in Paul Hall, Juilliard. His recital at the Spectrum, the new-music hub in downtown New York, where he played music by Elliott Carter, Missy Mazzoli, Milica Paranosic and Caroline Shaw, was on the critic’s pick of Time Out New York and I Care If You Listen.

 

    Native of Taichung, Taiwan, Mr. Chen moved to Shanghai at the age of nine, where he attended the Shanghai Conservatory Elementary & Middle Schools. 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 from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky. He then enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Professor Wha Kyung Byun. He was a recipient of the C/Kaplan Piano Scholarship, the Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship, the Van Cliburn Alumni Scholarship and the Tan Family Education Grant. In the fall of 2018, he will be starting his doctoral program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Photo by Raymond Huang

Photo by Raymond Huang

    陳涵,青年鋼琴家、拿索斯唱片公司簽約藝術家、第六屆中國國際鋼琴比賽金獎得主、及紐約現代樂團Ensemble Échappé駐團鋼琴家。他的演奏曾被各大媒體讚譽:《紐約時報》稱之賦有 “優雅的觸鍵、精準的節奏及催眠般的魅力” 及 “確實而微妙的觸鍵” ;英國版《國際鋼琴》雜誌說他 “展現了超凡的能力、天份及資質”;中國國際鋼琴比賽評委會主席鮑蕙蕎女士在《鋼琴藝術》雜誌中寫道其演奏 “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。”

 

    陳涵曾多次在國內外各大鋼琴比賽中獲得出色的成績,其中包括:范克萊本鋼琴大賽、魯賓斯坦鋼琴大賽、李斯特鋼琴大賽、香港國際鋼琴比賽、俄羅斯作品國際鋼琴比賽、中國“金橋杯”全國青少年鋼琴比賽等。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、廈門愛樂樂團、德克薩斯州沃斯堡交響樂團、萊克星頓愛樂樂團、仙臺愛樂樂團、茱莉亞樂隊、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。

 

    作為現代音樂的推崇者,陳涵曾多次與茱莉亞學院現代樂團AXIOM合作,演奏了現代作曲大師皮埃爾∙布列茲(Pierre Boulez)、斯蒂夫∙萊奇(Steve Reich)、查理∙烏瑞尼恩(Charles Wuorinen)等人的作品。他還曾作為獨奏家與其出演約翰∙凱奇(John Cage)的《預置鋼琴協奏曲》以及約翰∙亞當斯(John Adams)的《大型自動鋼琴曲》。在約翰∙凱奇誕辰一百週年之際,他演奏了整套預置鋼琴的《奏鳴曲與間奏曲》。他也曾舉辦紐約作曲家主題音樂會,演奏了艾略特∙卡特(Elliott Carter)、米西∙馬佐利(Missy Mazzoli)、凱洛琳∙蕭(Caroline Shaw)等人的作品。

 

    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。

 

    出生於台灣台中,陳涵就讀了台中光復國小音樂班,老師包括吳孟樺及洪翠峰老師。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,他成為了第一位上海音樂學院附中的台灣正式鋼琴生。附中畢業後考入茱莉亞學院 (The Juilliard School),並本碩連讀、提前畢業,師從鋼琴系主任卡普林斯基(Yoheved Kaplinsky)教授。之後又在新英格蘭音樂學院取得了碩士文憑,由卞和暻(Wha Kyung Byun)教授指導。陳涵現居於紐約,在市立大學研究所(CUNY Graduate Center)研讀博士,同時向卡普林斯基教授及厄蘇拉.奧本(Ursula Oppens)教授學習。