Gwhyneth Chen


Winning $100,000, the biggest cash prize in the history of piano competitions, Gwhyneth Chen, then a young lady of 23, was the youngest contestant at the 1994 Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition, Subsequent to the award, Mr. Pogorelich himself said of her talent, "She is too good to be true." Immediately recognized as one of the foremost pianists of her generation, the victory was broadcast internationally on CNN television.

Born in Taiwan, Miss Chen emigrated to the United States in 1980, where she continued musical studies with Robert Turner and Aube Taerko. At age nineteen she was once again a laureate, this time at The Prokofieff International Piano Competition. Her first performance with orchestra was at age eleven when she played Prokofieff's Third Piano Concerto.

A leading Chinese musical figure, Gwhyneth Chen was included in the 1995 edition of The One Hundred Most Successful Chinese People and appeared in a nationally televised gale concert at the Presidential Palace before President Lee of Taiwan.

Her international career already includes performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Miami Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Kyushu Symphony of Japan, Taiwan National Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Moscow State Philharmony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, Rutgers Festival Orchestra, and Fort Worth Symphony.

Miss Chen has collaborated with David Atherton and the Hong Kong Philharmonic on a tour of the United States and Canada, with Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Moscow Radio Symphony throughout North America and Mexico, and completed and exciting tour of Taiwan with the Russian Philharmonic under Vladimir Ponkin. For the extravagant debut of the New Colorado Symphony, she was chosen as the first piano soloist, performing before a crowd of 15,000.

In 1994, Gwhyneth Chen made her recital debut in Munich at Herculessal, followed by a recital tour of Croatia and Spain. Her triumph in Germany bought reviews such as "Chen's performance was even more impressive than was Ivo Pogorelich himself"...and "a successor to Gould and Serkin..." That same year, she played the opening concert of the season in the The Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev, performing the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto.

Miss Chen is a frequent quest artist in summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Montéal Music Festival, Pogorelich Festival, and Bowdoin Music Festival. Her extensive concertizing travels have thrilled audiences in such halls as the Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Los Angeles Music Center, Royal Theater, Orpheum, National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Belles Artes, Tilles Center the Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, and Tschaikovsky Hall of Moscow.

Gwhyneth Chen currently resides in New York where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. While in New York, her teachers have been Martin Canin and Byron Janis.



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