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Bobby Chen piano recital

Monday May 30, 2011 at 19:30
Wigmore Hall, London
£20, £17, £14, £10
Phone for tickets: 0207 935 2141
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  1. Sonata for Piano No 2 in D minor Op 14 - Sergey Prokofiev
  2. 4 Impromptus Op 90 - Franz Schubert
  3. Étude No 9 in A flat major, 'Ricordanza', from 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante S139 - Franz Liszt
  4. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, from Années de pèlerinage - année 2: Italie - Franz Liszt
  5. Après une lecture du Dante, from the 'Dante Sonata' s158 - Franz Liszt

Described by International Piano Magazine as: “...an armour-clad player of complete technique, a thinking musician, a natural Romantic. Young bloods come no better”, Malaysian Bobby Chen received his early training with Ruth Nye and Hamish Milne at The Yehudi Menuhin School and The Royal Academy of Music. Since his début in a British tour with Lord Menuhin and the Warsaw Sinfonia in 1996, Chen has played as soloist under conductors Mathias Bamert, Maximiliano Valdés, Lan Shui, Sir Neville Marriner, Giancarlo Guerrero and Pierre-André Valade. He has performed at Italy’s Fazioli Hall, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall and Kuala Lumpur’s Dewan Petronas. He has already made his American, Brazilian and Australian performing début. Chen was featured and interviewed on Radio Television Hong Kong and PianoForte Chicago, and has now recorded 6 solo and chamber music discs on 5 different labels.

Chen had the disctinction to have participated in the South-East Asian début of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle in Singapore. He was a Rising Star Soloist at the Annual Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion, and picked to give the world premiere of a new piano concerto with the London Sinfonietta, to commemorate Malaysia’s 50th birthday. Recently, he founded the 1st Overseas Malaysian Winter Piano Academy, which takes place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. As a result of this work, he was honoured by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, and his flights were sponsored by AirAsia, Asia’s largest low-cost airline.

The Romeo and Juliet Suite bristles with energy and atmosphere, and Toccata coruscates. (The Independent ****)

His arsenal of gran expressione phrases, thunderbolt octaves and basaltic chords quarried from the deep, Arrau/Russian-descended is imperial, his ability to suggest colour and image through touch, timing and dynamic voicing already masterly. (International Piano Magazine)

Chen’s touch was masterful, combining the solid enviable technique of the Russian school with the assured elegance of his Claudio Arrau lineage. (Straits Times - Singapore)

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