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Ad: Piano Recital Series:  Yi-Yang Chen - Jan. 19th

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Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1990, Mr. Chen has been playing the piano since the age of 8. Currently completing his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Chen holds a Master of Music from Juilliard, and a Bachelor of Music from Eastman. He has performed in masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Daniel Pollack, Joseph Kalichstein, Glenn Dicterow, Thomas Sauer and with members of the Cleveland, Shanghai, Borromeo, Brentano, Ying, and Guarneri String Quartets.

Mr. Chen is the first-prize winner of many prestigious competitions including: the 2018 Sussex International Piano Competition (UK), 2017 Washington International Competition, 2017 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, 2017 Five Town Piano Competition, 2016 High Point University Piano Competition, 2016 Hartford Chopin International Piano competition, 2013 LISMA International Piano Competition, 2013 Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, 2012 Thousand Islands International Chopin Piano Competition, 2012 MTNA National Young Artist Steinway Piano Competition, 2011 Pacific International Piano Competition (Canada) and the 2010 Coeur d'Alene Orchestra National Young Artist Competition. As winner of the 2012 MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Yi-Yang was awarded a Steinway piano and two concerts in Miami sponsored by the Chopin Foundation/USA.

In 2017, he gave his Carnegie solo recital debut at Weill Hall, and performed two concertos with the Avanti Orchestra in Washington D.C. Mr. Chen has performed in venues throughout the world, including the Taiwan National Music Concert Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Hatch Recital Hall, and the Memorial Gallery in Rochester, NY, Whalen Center in Ithaca, NY, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in Alexandria, LA, West Chester University/Madeline Alder Wing Theater in Philadelphia, Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. He has appeared at the Perlman Music Festival, Taos School of Music Summer Chamber Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Music Academy of the West, and Four Seasons Winter Workshop(NC).

While at Juillard, Mr. Chen studied with Robert McDonald and Jerome Lowenthal. His Eastman undergraduate and doctoral studies were with Douglas Humpherys. Mr. Chen is currently an assistant professor of piano and music theory at East Tennessee State University.
He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, and Mu Phi Epsilon. He enjoys swimming, biking, traveling, and composing.