Taiwanese-American Yvonne Chen is a classically-trained pianist advocating for classical music in the twenty-first century, whether in the teaching studio, on the concert stage, or in the community.

 
Yvonne Chen speaking before a performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’  in vain  at Rothko Chapel. Photo by Ben Doyle Runaway Productions.

Yvonne Chen speaking before a performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ in vain at Rothko Chapel. Photo by Ben Doyle Runaway Productions.

 

Her Story

From playing in hospitals, schools, and community centers to performing in Carnegie Hall, Taiwanese-American pianist Yvonne Chen enjoys programming site-specific performances, as well as creating a logical yet balanced array of music blending the familiar with the unfamiliar, the old and the new, and the traditional with the avant-garde in a single program. Previous self-curated programs such as "Exploration of Harpsichord Music from the 20th Century" and "MADNESS" featuring Rzewski's de profundis, for speaking pianist have led her to a 2016-2017 programming project, the first of which will be a recital of solo piano works featured in and inspired by the novels of Haruki Murakami. 

 

“I am excited by the possibilities of this instrument and eager to share it with my community.”

— Yvonne Chen

 
 

A native of suburban Washington, D.C., Ms. Chen received her B.M. from the Juilliard School studying with Matti Raekallio and her M.M. from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with Brian Connelly. She is currently Piano Teacher at St. John’s School (Houston, TX) and pianist and co-founder of Houston-based contemporary music collective, Loop38.

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