Hailed by the New York Times as a pianist with "a graceful touch... rhythmic precision... hypnotic charm” (2012) and "sure, subtle touch," (2014) Han Chen is a distinctive artist whose credentials at a young age already include important prizes in competitions of traditional music as well as increasing respect in the avant-garde.
Mr. Chen recorded his debut CD with Naxos Records, which consists of all-Liszt operatic transcriptions, as the first prize winner of the 6th China International Piano Competition. International Piano magazine (UK) praised Mr. Chen’s performance in the competition, stating that “[Chen] displayed extraordinary strength, talent and flair.”
As an enthusiastic advocate for modern music, Mr. Chen actively performs both 20th-century classics and works by emerging composers. His close collaboration with the Juilliard modern music ensemble AXIOM led him to the performance of music by composers such as Pierre Boulez and Steve Reich. He was appointed as one of the soloists in John Adam’s Pianola Music in the 2012-2013 season, and will be performing John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano.
Mr. Chen graduated from The Juilliard School in May 2015, where he received his accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees under professor Yoheved Kaplinsky’s guidance.