Sean Chen
October 6, 2013

Chen-Gage

 

Sean Chen is the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. Crystal Award winner (Third Prize) at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Second Prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize winner at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, and prizewinner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz, Suwon City Philharmonic under Dai Uk Lee, Ft. Worth Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, New West Symphony with Boris Brott, and the Juilliard Orchestra under David Atherton.

Other awards Mr. Chen has received include Juilliard’s 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Juilliard’s 2010 Munz Scholarship, the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship, first prize at the 2008 Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Glenn Miller Scholarship, a prize at the California International Young Artist Competition, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and a NFAA ARTSweek award.

Mr. Chen has also presented solo recitals under the auspices of the McGraw-Hill Company, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony, National Chopin Foundation, the Scriabin Society, the Ventura Music Festival, and the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California. He has also worked with composers to perform new music, such as those by Lisa Bielawa, Michael Williams, Nicco Athens, Michael Gilbertson, and Reinaldo Moya. He will be releasing an album of Michael Williams’s solo piano works on the Parma record label, and as part of his prize at American Pianists Association, a solo recording on the Steinway label.
In the coming two seasons, Mr. Chen will be performing under the management of the American Pianists Association.

Sean Chen has received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School and is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with Hung-Kuan Chen at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles fellowship recipient. His former teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, and teacher-mentor Edward Francis. When not at the piano he enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.

 

Waltz in A♭ Major, op. 38 Alexander Scriabin
Four Impromptus Frédéric Chopin
Impromptu in A♭ Major, op. 29
Impromptu in F♯ Major, op. 36
Impromptu in G♭ Major, op. 51
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C♯ Minor, op. 66

La Valse Maurice Ravel
(arr. Sean Chen)

Intermission

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B♭ Major, op. 84 Sergei Prokofiev
Andante dolce
Andante sognando
Vivace/Allegro ben marcato

 

Fred H. Gage, a professor and Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Laboratory of Genetics, concentrates on the adult central nervous system and unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. His work may lead to methods of replacing or enhancing brain and spinal cord tissues lost or damaged due to neurodegenerative disease or trauma.

Dr. Gage’s lab showed that, contrary to accepted dogma, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. Small populations of immature nerve cells are found in the adult mammalian brain, a process called neurogenesis. Dr. Gage is working to understand how these cells can be induced to become mature functioning nerve cells in the adult brain and spinal cord. His lab showed that environmental enrichment and physical exercise can enhance the growth of new brain cells. They are studying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms that may be harnessed to repair the aged and damaged brain and spinal cord.