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Hung-Kuan Chen

  • Pianist
  • Teacher


Born in Taipei and raised in Germany, Hung-Kuan Chen’s early studies fostered strong roots in Germanic Classicism which he tempered with the sensibility of Chinese philosophy: the result is a dynamic and imaginative artistry. He is regarded as an extraordinary interpreter of Beethoven’s music. Mr. Chen’s career was launched when he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists’ Auditions which presented him in his New York debut on the Young Concert Artists Series and followed it with a second major New York concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. One of the most decorated pianists of his generation, Mr. Chen won top prizes in the Arthur Rubinstein, the Busoni and the Geza Anda International Piano Competitions, along with prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal, Van Cliburn, and Chopin International Competition. He is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.