Franz Schubert's last three
Chen gave a most amazing, unforgettable concert last
night at Jordan Hall,
it was such a treat to hear him performing the last 3
sonatas of Schubert's.
Audience gave him standing ovation even at the
“ …. A remarkable musical performance is marked by
subtlety, nuance, depth of sound
with buoyancy and
balance, not excess weight. It evolves as it unfolds. It
in the most polite manner, introspection. At
the same time, it offers up layers of
pleasure. It’s missed when it’s gone, but not so much,
because the experience is
encapsulated and remembered.
It’s a onetime deal, and you knew that going in.”
Jim McDonald of The Boston Musical Intelligencer:
photos by Chi Wei Lo, Chung
Cheng, and Chutze Chou
Hung-Kuan Chen’s career - as well as his life -- has been a vivid example
of the concept of yin-and-yang. In that Chinese philosophy, apparent
opposites are actually complementary: each fulfills a need in the other;
one cannot exist without the other. Mr. Chen embodies a synthesis of
seeming opposites that coalesce into a unique artistic personality.
Hung-Kuan Chen was born in Taipei and raised in Germany. He established
a strong connection to Germanic Classicism in his early studies which
he integrated with the sensibility of organic Chinese philosophy.
"I’m Chinese by birth,” he says, "but I’m actually more European. I’ve
read and studied a tremendous amount of the great literature and language
One of the most honored pianists of his generation, Mr. Chen won top
prizes in the Arthur Rubinstein, Busoni, and Geza Anda International
Piano Competitions, and in the Young Concert Artists International Piano
Auditions. He also won prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal International
Musical and Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions, as well as
an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Mr. Chen has performed in many of the world’s foremost concert venues,
including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C., Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the Tonhalle in Zürich,
the Herkulesaal in Munich, the Sala Verdi in Milan, Suntory Hall in
Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Shanghai Concert Hall and the
Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He was the first to perform
the Rachmaninoff Third and Beethoven Fourth Piano Concertos in Taipei,
and gave the Shanghai premiere of the Bartók Second Piano Concerto.
His plans for the 2015-2016 season include solo and orchestral performances
in China and Switzerland, in Boston, and at Aspen and Yale. He is also
preparing new recordings to be made in Switzerland in 2016.
Hung-Kuan Chen has enjoyed fruitful artistic collaborations with, among
others, Christoph Eschenbach, Hans Graf, George Cleve, Joseph Silverstein,
David Shifrin, Roman Totenberg, ChoLiang Lin, the Shanghai Quartet,
Sui Lan and Andrew Parrott. His most meaningful artistic partnership
is with his wife, Tema Blackstone, with whom he frequently performs
as a piano duo.
Hundreds of students worldwide have benefitted from Hung-Kuan Chen’s
knowledge and love of music. "Teaching and performing complement each
other,” he declares. "Teaching is sharing, and by sharing, our search
continues in a more objective way. When I share, I become the beneficiary
of the results of the investigation and the continued questioning. This
benefits my playing, as I’m often coming up with new ideas and insights.”
Mr. Chen is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is
a visiting professor at Yale, and is also on the faculty for Artemisia
Akademie at Yale. He previously served as Chair of the piano department
of Shanghai Conservatory, and was on the faculty of New England Conservatory.
He has adjudicated prominent international piano competitions such as
the Van Cliburn, Busoni, Shanghai, and Honens. His 2015 summer teaching
engagements included the Chinese Foundation for the Arts, Piano
Summer Institute in New Paltz, International Music Akademie in Lichtenstein
and Aspen Music Festival. Among notable pianists he has taught or coached
are Yuja Wang, Sean Chen and Niu Niu.
In 1992, Hung-Kuan Chen suffered a hand injury which caused neurological
damage and eventually resulted in focal dystonia. Through meditation
and his own unique research, he was able to heal and return to his life
as a concert artist. His first post-accident solo recital in 1998 received
rave reviews and he was described as a transformed artist.
Mr. Chen addresses his extraordinary journey in these terms: "What gave
me the drive and courage to find a cure? On one side was the curiosity
about the human body, awareness and consciousness; and on the other,
my desire to continue my art. This was the biggest learning curve I
had ever encountered. It meant having to detach from ego and ambition.
It taught me to embrace all that comes to me and be extremely grateful…to
notice the tiny things - those details which create a full life and
are often missed by most people. To be ‘in the moment’ sounds clichéd
but is not. And as part of the search for meaning, the joy of being
able to play again - that was a true miracle.”
A many-faceted individual, Hung-Kuan has painted and drawn, danced,
and played several other instruments. He is a serious chef, bakes his
own bread and homebrews beer. He is an artisan of home improvement,
a skilled woodworker and an electronics whiz. He is a meticulous piano
tuner, a knowledgeable jazz enthusiast, and an avid hiker. He brings
the same level of curiosity and dedication to both spiritual and worldly
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