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Kevin Chen, piano

Kevin Chen, piano
Kevin Chen photo
December 15, 2024 | 3:00 PM
  • Starting at: $30.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Piano Concerts, Matinees
  • Genre: Classical, Piano
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

The Canadian prodigy makes his Koerner Hall debut with a program of works by Chopin, Liszt, and Schubert.

Starting to play at just five years old, by age eight Kevin Chen had been named one of CBC’s Top 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 and became the youngest person in Canada to earn The Royal Conservatory of Music’s associate’s diploma. He has since won numerous accolades: he is the youngest-ever winner of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, he won first prize at the Concours de Genève, and first prize in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition. 

Since his first orchestral debut at the age of seven, Chen has performed with world-class orchestras like the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as being an exceptional musician, Chen is an accomplished composer and has over 100 works to his name.

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23
Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie No. 7 in A flat Major, op. 61                              
Fryderyk Chopin: Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, op. 2            
Franz Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S. 171
Franz Schubert: “Erlkönig,” S. 558, no. 4 (transc. Liszt)
Franz Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, S. 161, no. 5 from Années de pèlerinage II 
Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

Kevin Chen's recital is generously supported by Heather Bala Edwards. Proceeds from the concert will support performances by emerging classical artists through The Fund for Koerner Hall.

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