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Rueibin Chen

Piano

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Biography

Rueibin Chen has been described as ‘one of those geniuses that come along once in twenty years’ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).  He started his career as a child prodigy and concert pianist at age ten when he made his debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Prague Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Russian State Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Shanghai Symphony and Taiwan Philharmonic among others.

At the age of thirteen, he moved to Vienna where he studied at the Vienna Conservatory and subsequently at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik in Germany, and later continued his studies in Europe under late legendary Russian pianist Lazar Berman as his only disciple of Asian descent.

Rueibin made his European recital debut in the Grossensaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna and has since been invited to perform at many festivals, such as the International Salzburg Music Festival, Vienna Spring Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Hong Kong Festival, Taipei Music Festival, Taipei Arts Festival, the International Rachmaninoff Music Festival in Moscow, the Janáček Music Festival, the Chopin Festivals in Austria, Czech Republic and Poland and the Auckland International Piano Festival.

A prolific performer, he has toured regularly throughout the world, performing in major concert halls, such as  New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Performing Arts Center Washington, D.C., Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, Dolby Theatre Hollywood, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw,  Bolshoi Hall Moscow, Suntory Hall Tokyo, National Performing Arts Centre Taipei, National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Sydney Opera House.

He was invited to be the opening soloist in the 2010 World Expo in China, performing the Yellow River Concerto and in 2014 he was invited to perform with Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the biggest outdoor venue in the U.S. In recent years, in addition to his solo recitals and orchestral performances of classical repertoire, Chen has devoted much effort to the collaboration and premiering of new solo and piano concerto works. Critically-acclaimed new piano concerto compositions, such as the Love River Concerto and the Winter Trilogy, were both composed through a collaboration with Chen on the piano part and premiered worldwide with performances at Lincoln Center in New York, Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Hong Kong Cultural Center.

He has produced a dozen CD recordings with labels, such as Universal, Naxos International, KKM Austria, and Jingo Records, recording works by Chopin, Liszt, Wagner-Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Piazolla, as well as his own transcriptions. Chen has also been the recipient of eighteen medals in various international piano competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), Warsaw (Chopin), Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninoff, Bellini, and Stresa), to name a few. Moreover, he has been the recipient of the “Bösendorfer” prize in Vienna and has been chosen by Taiwan’s Minister of Culture as the “Best Young Artist.” He also won the “Best Prize for Contributions to Music” at Salzburg International Music Festival and the “Albert Roussel Prize” in Paris.