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Overview


Yvonne Chen

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Overview


Yvonne Chen

As a freshman at Juilliard training to be a soloist, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Since that life-altering moment, I have redefined for myself what it means to be a pianist outside of the practice room. From renewing the recitals with unique programming to exploring the multifaceted roles and timbres of the piano, I am vitalized by the possibilities of this instrument and eager to share it in my community.

 

b.1990

Rockville, MD

 

Education

The Juilliard School (B.M. 2012)

Rice University, Shepherd School of Music (M.M. 2014)

Rice University, Shepherd School of Music (D.M.A. in progress)

 

From playing in hospitals, schools, and community centers to performing in Carnegie Hall, Taiwanese-American pianist, Yvonne Chen enjoys programming site-specific performances, as well as creating a logical yet balanced array of music blending the familiar with the unfamiliar, the old and the new, and the traditional with the avant-garde in a single program. Previous self-curated programs such as her 2014 "Exploration of Harpsichord Music from the 20th Century" and her 2015 "MADNESS" featuring Rzewski's de profundis, for speaking pianist have led her to a 2016-2017 programming project, the first of which will be a recital of solo piano works featured in and inspired by the novels of Haruki Murakami. She is co-founder of Houston-based contemporary music collective, Loop38, which will include concerts at MATCH and Rothko Chapel in their inaugural season 2016-2017.

A native of suburban Washington, D.C., Ms. Chen received her B.M. from the Juilliard School under Matti Raekallio and her M.M. from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She is currently the Benjamin Armistead Teaching Fellow at the Shepherd School, where she is pursuing a doctorate under the tutelage of Brian Connelly.

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Titles


Titles


on the stage

A devoted chamber musician and imaginative soloist, pianist Yvonne Chen has been pushing the limits for pianists of the 21st century. Her experience playing in orchestras and varying chamber ensembles have made her adept as a collaborative musician. Meanwhile her wide array of interests within the broad solo piano repertoire makes her a pertinent musician of today. Pushing towards the outer limits of piano repertoire, she continually explores different keyboard instruments such as the sampler, toy piano, and the harpsichord. Even though her performances have taken her across the United States and abroad, Houston has kept her busy. She enjoys presenting unique programs such as her 2014 "Exploration of Harpsichord Music from the 20th century" and continues to have multiple engagements playing exhibit-specific concerts at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts and The Menil Collection. Most recently, she and her piano quartet went to Leipzig in May 2015 to perform concerts of American works and collaborate with members of the Hochschule for Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy".  [READ MORE]

 

Upcoming Performances

 
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Stats


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in the classroom

SHE Started Piano at

five years old

 

How many HOURS DID SHE PRACTICE?

every day for 30 minutes, increasing to 2-4 hours by the time she was 15.

 

What was her biggest motivator?

lots of good music out there to learn. and stickers!

Having started teaching neighbors and friends at age 13, Miss Yvonne has more than a decade of teaching experience, whether in a private studio, classroom, or master class setting. As a teaching artist with Juilliard ArtReach, she has given summer classes at Snow College (Ephraim, UT), and presented master classes for students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Houston School of Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). She has previously been on the chamber music faculty of Houston's American Festival for the Arts (AFA), and taught class piano, chamber music, and music theory in their Summer Conservatory (2016). As a Rice doctoral student, she continues to teach private lessons and group piano classes for non-majors. Outside of school, she maintains a small private studio for budding pianists.

Visit the STUDENTS page for more information about her private studio.

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in the community

From her childhood in the DC area, to her undergraduate studies at Juilliard, to her master's and doctoral studies at Rice University, Yvonne has always been an active artist outside of school and off the concert stage. As a Gluck Community Service Fellow and a Goldman Arts Education Fellow, she co-directed an after-school production of High School Musical in the Bronx and presented dozens of recitals at nursing homes, shelters, and hospitals across New York City's five boroughs. She has repeatedly returned to her hometown for benefit concerts hosted by Youth Building Bridges, among others. In 2014, she initiated Piano+1, a project with Da Camera of Houston to bring the arts to low-income senior citizens. Most recently, she has been a visiting performer to Ronald McDonald House Houston to serve meals and provide entertainment to the children undergoing treatment at the medical center and their families.

Partnering Organizations

St. Ignatius School (Bronx, NY)
Ronald McDonald House (Houston, TX)
Da Camera of Houston (Houston, TX)
Youth Building Bridges (Washington, DC)
Juilliard ARTreach (New York, NY)
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (Houston, TX)