On April 26th 2015, in Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD, world-renowned pianist Pi-hsien Chen performed works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and new compositions written by Taiwanese composers Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Tsung-Hsien Yang, and Ying-Ting Lin.
This concert is made possible by Chuan-Lyu Endowment at UC San Diego and the Spotlight Taiwan Project grant from the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), Taiwan Academy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, with additional support provided by Special Patron Dr. Samuel Yin.
Pi-hsien Chen was born in Taiwan and came to Cologne when she was nine years old. One year later, she was admitted into the class of Hans-Otto Schmidt-Neuhaus. She won the first prizes at the ARD-International Piano Competition in Munich, the A. Schoenberg Competition in Rotterdam, and the J. S. Bach Competition in Washington D.C. She performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw-Orchestra, the Zurich-Tonhalle-Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked include Bernhard Haiting, Paul Sacher, Hans Zender, Péter Eötvös. Pi-hsien Chen took part in numerous international music festivals. Her increasing interest and engagement in contemporary music grew in cooperation with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Elliott Carter. Moreover, she performed contemporary music with ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Asko Ensemble. More recently, her complete Mozart’s Sonatas are released by Sunrise Records. Her recording of Scarlatti and Beethoven sonatas, along with John Cage and Stockhausen were released by HATnowART (Basel,Switzerland) to critical acclaim. Since 1983, Pi-hsien Chen was professor of piano at the University of Music in Cologne, and since 2004, at the University of Music in Freiburg.