Eric Chen 陳冠宇 is the pianist for the recitals in Taiwan.
A native of Taiwan, Kwan-Yu (Eric) Chen began piano studies at eight. Mr. Chen had received numerous scholarships, awards and prizes while educating in Taiwan, including the first prize of the Second annual Taipei Youth Chopin Piano Competition in Taiwan. While studying in the States, he had won a major prize in the 13th annual Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition in Palm Desert, California, and the first prize in Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation in New York.
Mr. Chen made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall sponsored by Artists International’s annual Young Artists Piano Award. Artists International also presented Mr. Chen as an Alumnus winner of Young Artists Piano Award, and he performed in his solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Both New York recitals received the highest music critical acclaim, and established Eric Chen as an international concert pianist. Eric Chen received his master’s degree and piano pedagogy diploma, and was awarded a professional studies certificate at Manhattan School of Music (New York, USA) as a student of Arkady Aronov, Oxana Yablonskaya, Boris Slutsky, and John Perry. He is also the DMA candidate at the City University of New York (USA) as a student of Abbey Simon and Peter Basquin since 1993.
Although Eric Chen has been known as a classical pianist, he has made 22 piano recordings so far including popular and classical versions. He has also given numerous solo piano recitals, different kinds of concerts, and performed with various symphony orchestras and conductors throughout Taiwan, Asia, Europe, and the United States (40 concerts per year averagely). The symphony orchestras that he has been performing with include: BBC Concert Orchestra (UK), Cincinnati Pop Orchestra (USA), Iowa State Symphony Orchestra (USA), Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Taipei City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Tainan City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Taitung County Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Hsin-Chiu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Taipei Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), YWCA Youth Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), National Chinese Orchestra (Taiwan), Taipei City Chinese Orchestra (Taiwan), Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra (Taiwan), NTNU Symphony Orchestra, TMUE Symphony Orchestra, Band of NTSO (Taiwan), Band of NTNU (Taiwan), Band of TUT (Taiwan), and … etc. The conductors include: Erick Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Henry Mazer, Gernot Schmalfuss, Wen-Pin Chien, Amy Chia-Yun Chang, Ya-Hui Wang, Kenneth Hsieh, Tien-Ji Lin, Paul Chiang, Wen-Chen Chuang, Shu-Shi Chen, Chia-Hung Liao, Li-Pin Cheng, Che-Chen Kuo, Yuan-Fu Hsieh, Cheng-Sheng Lee, and …etc. He had also given duet concerts with internationally well-known musicians, such as the French clarinetist Paul Meyer, the Chinese pianist Sa Chen, and the French-Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud.
In addition, Mr. Chen is currently a full-time piano faculty at the music department of Taipei Municipal University of Education, and is the music director of Eric Chen Chamber Ensemble as well. He is now the artist under the management of ProArtist Int’l Co. Ltd, Taiwan, and has widely expanded his diversified music career to the entire Asia.