June 12, 2022
Sean Chen, piano with science presentation by Professor Martyn Goulding

Concert starts at 4:00 p.m.

About the Artist – Sean Chen

Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (The Huffington Post). American pianist Sean Chen is an acknowledged master of the keyboard and winner of the 2013 American Pianists Awards and third-prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has continued to earn accolades for “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (The New York Times) and “genuinely sensitive[playing]” (Los Angeles Times). He was named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts.

Chen has performed with many prominent orchestras. He has collaborated with esteemed conductors Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Gerard Schwarz, Nicholas McGegan, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marcelo Lehninger and James Judd.

His worldwide solo engagements include appearances in major venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Subculture in New York City, the American Art Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Salle Cortot in Paris.

A multifaceted musician, Chen also transcribes, composes and improvises. His 2021 performances include the premiere of “Daydream No.1 -Steps,” written in honor of longtime American Pianists Award President Joel Harrison. His transcriptions of such orchestral works as Ravel’s “La Valse,” Mozart’s overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,”and the Adagio from Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2,” have been received with glowing acclaim and enthusiasm.His “Prelude in F#” was commissioned by fellow pianist Eric Zuber, and subsequently performed in New York. An advocate of new music, he has also collaborated with several composers and performed their works, including Lisa Bielawa, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Williams, Nicco Athens, Michael Gilbertson and Reinaldo Moya.

Chen’s recordings include the 2021 all-Ravel album, featuring the Sonatine and Le tombeau de Couperin, a follow-up to La Valse. He has also recorded an album of Michael Williams’ solo piano works on the Parma Recordings label, an album of flute, oboe, and piano repertoire titled KaleidosCoping with Michael Gordon and Celeste Johnson. He has also contributed to the catalog of Steinway’s new Spirio system.

Chen was born in Florida and grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, in Oak Park, California. His impressive achievements before college include the NFAA ARTSweek, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight and 2006 Presidential Scholars awards. These honors combined with diligent schoolwork facilitated offers of acceptance by MIT, Harvard and The Juilliard School. He earned his bachelor and master’s of music from Juilliard, earning several awards, most notably the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He received his artist diploma in 2014 at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles Fellow. Chen is the Millsap Artist in Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is a Steinway Artist, and is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd.

Martyn Goulding

Martyn Goulding Martyn Goulding, the Frederick W. and Joanna J. Mitchell Chair and a professor in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, studies the sensory and motor circuitry in the spinal cord that generates and shapes movement. He focuses on how interneurons transmit and relay sensory information from the skin and muscles to regulate protective reflexes, locomotion and dexterous movements. In addition to identifying and characterizing the central pattern generator neurons that generate these motor behaviors, his lab has mapped many of the key pathways in the dorsal spinal cord that transmit the sensory modalities of light touch, pain and itch. His lab uses a combination of cutting-edge genetic, behavioral, neuroanatomical and electrophysiological techniques to decipher how sensorimotor circuits in the spinal cord are organized and how this circuitry is altered by spinal injury or by pathologies that lead to chronic pain and itch.


Sean Chen, piano
Sunday, June 12, 2022

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Images Book I
Reflets dans l’eau
Hommage a Rameau

Claude Debussy

Legend No.2 : St. Francis de Paola marchant sur les floats
Franz Liszt
Barcarolle Op. 60 (1845)
Frédéric Chopin
Symphony No. 2 – III. Adagio
Octet – IV. Presto


3:30 PM Registration opens
4:00 PM Concert begins in the Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
4:45 PM Intermission
5:00 PM Faculty speaker
5:15 PM Concert resumes
6:00 PM Concert concludes