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Pianist Yi-Yang Chen to perform at Morningside College

January 9, 2019, in Latest News, Music

Taiwanese pianist Yi-Yang Chen will perform a solo recital at Morningside College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., as part of the Morningside College Piano Recital Series.

The recital will include works by Haydn, Chopin, Hsiao, Muller, Granados and Alwyn, as well as a piece Chen composed himself. The recital is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to a reception in the lobby following the performance. 

Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1990, Chen has been playing the piano since the age of 8. He has been the winner of more than a dozen national and international piano competitions, including the 2018 Sussex International Piano Competition in England; the 2017 Washington International Competition in Washington, D.C.; and the 2017 Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert, Calif.  He has performed in prestigious venues ranging from Taiwan National Music Concert Hall to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

In 2017, Chen performed his first solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and he performed two concertos with the Avanti Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Chen is an assistant professor of piano and music theory at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He has a bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Eastman.