Pi-hsien Chen (Cologne, Germany)

PERFORMANCE with Manos Tsangaris, Saturday, July 26, 1997, 7pm, Tacoma Art Museum.

Pi-hsien Chen was born in Taiwan and came to Cologne when she was nine years old. A year later she was admitted in the class of Hans-Otto Schmidt-Neuhaus and at the age of 21 she won the first prize at the ARD-International-Piano-Competition in Munich. Later she won first prizes at the A.Schönberg-Competition in Rotterdam and at the J.S.Bach-Competition in Washington D.C. She has performed with many major orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC-Symphony-Orchestra, the Concertgebouw-Orchestra, the Zurich-Tonhalle-Orchestra and all German Radio-Symphony- Orchestras. She worked with conductors including Bernhard Haitink, Paul Sacher, Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowsky, Hans Zender and Peter Eötvös and has taken part in numerous music-festivals including the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the London Prom's, the Osaka Festival, the Hong-Kong-Arts-Festival, the Festival d'Automne Paris, the Festival Wien Modern and the Triennale Cologne. Her increasing interest and involvment in contemporary music has developed in cooperation with composers including Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Kurtag. Since 1983 she has been a professor for the piano at the Musikhochschule, Köln.

Available on CD: J.S.Bach, "Goldberg Variations" (Naxos), P.Boulez, "Notations" and "Structures II", with B.Wambach (CBS), O.Messiaen, "Harawi", with S.v Osten (ITM)

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