Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2023
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

Aug 10 to 26, 2023
All concerts Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door
Age 6 and under not admitted



Friday, August 18, 2023, 7:30 pm
NEC's Williams Hall

Han Chen 陳涵, piano


Alban Berg:
Piano Sonata, Op. 1

György Ligeti:
Études for piano, Book 1
I. Désordre
II. Cordes à vide
III. Touches bloquées
IV. Fanfares
V. Arc-en-ciel
VI. Automne à Varsovie


Ludwig van Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major,
Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
III. Adagio sostenuto
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto


To Han Chen’s lightning speed and immaculate accuracy, Lee Eiseman of The Boston Musical Intelligencer commanded and we quote here: "Young, broadly repertoired, and competition-honed Han Chen 陳涵 already has four solo piano Naxos CDs to his credit. Chen’s brilliantly assembled program, a predominantly fast and furious feat with the exception of a single outlier movement, might cohere even more inevitably with the consideration of a daring sacrilege. Try reversing last two movements of the Hammerklavier and make that heavenly long and poignant slow Adagio sostenuto a planned encore."

Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts



photos: Chung Cheng

event photos: Xiaopei Xu and Chi Wei Lo
Han Chen 陳涵, piano

“with a graceful touch, rhythmic precision, hypnotic charm”
- The New York Times

Han Chen has emerged among the new generation of concert pianists as a uniquely fearless performer in a wide variety of musical settings. Gold Medalist at the 2013 China International Piano Competition and a prizewinner at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition, he has been praised by Gramophone as “impressively commanding and authoritative” and further cited by The New York Times for his “graceful touch,” “rhythmic precision,” and “hypnotic charm.” Chen’s virtuosity is enriched by a probing commitment to new and lesser-known works as well as the great cornerstones of the piano repertory. This vision is clearly evident in his four solo Naxos CDs focusing on Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, Thomas Adès, and more recently, György Ligeti’s Complete Piano Études.

As soloist with orchestra, Chen’s appearances include the Calgary Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, China Symphony and Xiamen Philharmonic. He made his Lincoln Center debut with Riverside Symphony at Alice Tully Hall in December 2022 performing Mozart’s early masterwork, the Piano Concerto No. 9 le Jeunehomme. Chen has performed as solo recitalist throughout Europe, North America, China.

In frequent demand as a chamber musician, Chen is a core member of Ensemble Échappé while regularly collaborating with The Metropolis Ensemble and other adventurous groups in performances in America and abroad. In 2021, Chen launched Migration Music, an ongoing series of interviews and performances featuring immigrant composers.

A native of Taiwan, Han Chen graduated from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Wha Kyung Byun. He is now a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center with Ursula Oppens.

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Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln,  Massachusetts