Tony Yan Tong Chen

Tony Yan Tong Chen is 19 years old and was born in New Zealand. He has recently completed his freshman year of undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in New York, in the studio of Alan Chow. During his time in New Zealand, he studied with Rae de Lisle under the Young Scholars Program at the University of Auckland, where he was a semifinalist in the Wallace National Piano Competition and the PACANZ National Young Performer Award. Other prizes won include scholarships from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, the Manukau Symphony, Waikanae Music Society, and top prizes at the North Shore, West Auckland, South Auckland, Te Awamutu, Hamilton, Tauranga, APMA, and IRMT competitions. He previously studied piano with Able Zhu and Jenny Jung, attaining ATCL and LTCL diplomas with Distinction.

Tony has performed in masterclasses for distinguished pianists including Douglas Humphreys, Edith Fischer, Pierre Reach, Juan Lago, and Songwen Li. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Macleans College Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s first concerto, and the Aotea Youth Symphony, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23.

Repertoire

Programme 1
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50                
Chopin: Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49                
Psathas: Jettatura                        

Programme 2
Albéniz: El Corpus Christi en Sevilla                
Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan from Miroirs                    
Liszt: Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata from Années de Pèlerinage Book 2: Italy, S. 161

Programme 3
Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22                
Mozart: Fantasie in D Minor                    
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52               
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor                

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