Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
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 August 11 - 27, 2022

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Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

Fou Ts'ong International Concerto Competition 2022

Concerto 2022 Final

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 7:30-10:30 pm
NEC's Williams Hall

announced August  20, 2022
five Finalists
in alphabetical order


Concerto 2022

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5,
Op. 73 (Emperor)

第七十三號作品 (皇帝)


The Winners

first prize
Nan Ni 倪楠

second prize  (tie)
Han Chen 陳涵
Sahun Sam Hong

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Age 6 and under not admitted.

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Lincoln, Massachusetts


photos: Chung Cheng
Finalist (alphabetically)
Han Chen 陳涵 (age 30, Taiwan)

Praised by the New York Times for his “graceful touch,” “rhythmic precision,” and “hypnotic charm,” pianist Han Chen has established himself in both the classical music and contemporary music worlds with his versatile Solo repertoireming and effortless technique. Since winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 China International Piano Competition, Chen has gained an international recognition and released three solo albums under the Naxos label, featuring music by Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, and Thomas Adès.

As a soloist, Chen has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macao Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony, China Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, to name a few. Chen has worked with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Karina Canellakis, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Rattle.

An advocate for new music, Mr. Chen actively performs music of our time. He has worked with eminent composers such as Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Lei Liang and Nina Young, given world premieres of works by Chin, Molly Joyce, Jonah Haven, among others. He is a member of the New York-based groups Ensemble Échappé and PinkNoise Ensemble. His online series Migration Music consists of interviews and performances featuring immigrant composers, with support from the Metropolis Ensemble.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chen graduated from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, studying with Prof. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Prof. Wha Kyung Byun. He is now a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center with Prof. Kaplinsky and Prof. Ursula Oppens.
Po-Wei Ger 葛柏緯 (age 26, Taiwan)

Born on December 6th, 1995. Pianist Po-Wei Ger graduated from the Master of Musical Arts degree in Yale School of Music, under the guidance of Dr. Melvin Chen in 2021, and will enroll in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Manhattan School of Music this fall, under the tutelage of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.

Po-Wei began studying piano with Ms. Jia-li Shu at the age of seven. At the age of ten, he further continued his study with Dr. Ming-Hui Lin, piano faculty of the National Taiwan Normal University. He has participated in the Annual Walnut Hill Music Festival in 2009, 2011. He was also honored to perform in the prizewinner concert of the Mozarteum University Summer Academy in 2012, as part of the Solo repertoire of Salzburg Festival. During his Bachelor of Music degree study, Po-Wei collaborated with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. In April 2021, Po-Wei won the 2nd Prize, Chamber Music Prize, and the Audience Prize of the Premio Jaén competition in Spain.

An avid chamber musician, Po-Wei has played in masterclasses of prestigious musicians such as Mr. Gilbert Kalish. He and his friends, Chao-Chih Chen and Tzu-Wei Huang, formed the clarinet trio – Trio Astralis, and won the Youth Chamber Music Solo repertoire of the Eslite Bookstore, the leading bookstore chain in Taiwan. He has performed in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2019, Taos School of Music in New Mexico, 2021, and will return to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2022.

Sahun Sam Hong
(age 27, USA)

Praised as an “artist of enormous prowess” (Verbier Festival Newsletter) with “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom” (New York Concert Review), pianist Sahun Sam Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.

Hong was the winner of the 2017 Vendome Prize at Verbier, and received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was also a recipient of a 2021 American Pianists Award, and finalist in the 2018 International German Piano Award and 2017 American Pianists Awards.

On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Hong has been featured as a guest soloist with orchestras including ORF-Vienna, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, Église de Verbier, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

In addition to performing, Hong is a prolific arranger of chamber music and orchestral works. His innovative transcriptions are performed all over the world. The chamber music collective ensemble132 presents Hong’s creative chamber music transcriptions on annual tours throughout the United States.

At the age of 16, Hong graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. He also studied for six years with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Hong continues his studies with Yong Hi Moon at Peabody.

Nan Ni
倪楠 (age 23, China)

Nan Ni was born in Anhui, China. She began studying piano at the age of five. At 10, she was admitted to the Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music studying under Natalia Filippova. She graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music and is continuing at NEC for her master’s degree with Bruce Brubaker, chair of the Piano Department.

Nan won first prize at the Los Angeles Young Musician International Piano Competition, third prize at the Conero International Piano Competition, second prize at the Shenzhen Piano Open Competition and is a three-time winner of the Piano Department Honors Competition at NEC. A recipient of the Tan Family Grant Scholarship at NEC, she was also awarded a Shanghai Government Scholarship and Niu Ende Piano Music Scholarship and won the Audience Award at the winners’ concert.

Nan has participated in many prestigious music festivals including the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Music Academy of the West, at which she was awarded the 2020 Sharon and David Bradford Full Scholarship and 2021 Hyon Chough and Maurice Singer Full Scholarship in solo piano. She has taken master classes from Arie Vardi, Jeremy Denk, and Dmitry Alexeev, among other distinguished musicians.

Nan is also an organist studying under Thomas Handel at NEC. She has performed as a solo organist at the Church of the Covenant in Boston, as well as with the NEC concert choir and chamber singers. As an active chamber musician, she and her fellow chamber music partners have won the first prize in the Chamber Music Competition at Shanghai Conservatory.

Peter Yide Shi
石以德 (age 20, China)
Peter Yide Shi, currently a student of Professor Meng-Chieh Liu in New England Conservatory, started his journey with piano at the age of five. When he was nine, he started his professional music study with Professor Chang at Central Conservatory of Primary School in Beijing. Shortly after that he was accepted to Central Conservatory of Middle School at the age of twelve.

He has appeared in many festivals and venues, including the Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, PYPA Festival in Philadelphia, Miami International Piano Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, Jacqueline du Pre Music Hall in Oxford, Zhonghuilou Concert Hall in Beijing, Field Concert Hall of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery in Miami and AOVA Concert Hall in Philadelphia.

He is also a winner of multiple important piano competitions. His major prizes include the 2nd prize in National Xinghai Piano Competition, the 3rd prize in National Pearl River Kayserburg Piano Competition Amateur Group Three in Guangzhou, the 5th in National CCTV Piano and Violin Competition in Beijing, the 2nd in the International Philadelphia Piano Competition Group A in Philadelphia.

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