Award-winning pianist Sean Chen will present a guest recital on Baylor University’s Lyceum Series on Thursday, February 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Mr. Chen was a third-prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, recipient of the DeHaan Classical Fellowship as the winner of the 2013 American Pianists Awards, and a 2015 fellow of the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts.
Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in the Oak Park area of Los Angeles, California. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, and received his Artist Diploma in 2014 at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles Fellow. He has performed with many prominent orchestras, including the Fort Worth, Hartford, Hudson Valley, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisiana Philharmonic, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Pasadena, Phoenix, Plano, San Diego, Santa Fe, Tucson, and New West Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and South Bay Chamber Orchestras, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, Nicholas McGegan, and Boris Brott.
Sean Chen’s Baylor program will open with Variations on a Theme of Chopin by Spanish composer Federico Mompou. Structured as a theme and twelve variations, this work is based on the Prelude in A major, Op. 28, No. 7, by Frédéric Chopin. Mompou began writing the work in 1938, but it was not completed until 1957.
Next, Mr. Chen will play the Sonata-Ballade, Op. 27, of Russian composer Nikolai Medtner. This three-movement work dates from 1914. Medtner revealed that this sonata was based on a poem by Afanasy Fet, describing Christ’s temptation in the wilderness.
After intermission, Sean Chen will perform the five-movement piano suite Miroirs by Maurice Ravel. It was begun in 1904 and completed the following year.
Concluding the program will be another piece by Ravel, the finale movement “Toccata” from his 1917 piano suite Le tombeau de Couperin.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.