Saturday, December 15, 2018

Acclaimed Rueibin Chen to play Taiwan concerts commemorating WWI armistice

Acclaimed Rueibin Chen to play Taiwan concerts commemorating WWI armistice


Formosa English News
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Acclaimed Vienna-trained pianist Rueibin Chen has made history for being the first Taiwanese soloist to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. This year marks the 100th year since the end of the First World War. To commemorate the armistice, Chen has planned a rewarding concert repertoire of composers whose works consider the themes of war, hope, and peace. Chen will play three Taiwan concerts. The program features French composers in honor of France, which suffered terrible casualties during the First World War. Through these wartime pieces, Chen hopes to deliver a meditation on the cruelties of war, and the fragility and importance of peace.

Piano prodigy Rueibin Chen speaks to Taiwan News about upcoming tour

 World-renowned concert pianist Rueibin Chen is making his way back to Taiwan in November for three special concerts in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung
Interviewed by Taiwan News
2018/10/17



Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌) is no run-of-the-mill concert pianist. His prodigious talent was showcased to the nation when he debuted with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at just 10 years old. Aged 13, he was recognized by the government as an extraordinarily gifted student and granted a passport to study at a Viennese conservatory.

Chen grew up in a musical family and attributes his initial accomplishments to a strict schedule of daily lessons implemented by his father.
He reflects that he was lucky, in a sense, as being musically-inclined meant his family knew they would have to take pains to ensure his success. His father managed to acquire a 150-year-old concert piano for him to practice on, a feat unimaginable in the southern city of Tainan at the time, he jokes.

After being granted a scholarship to study in Vienna, the performer embarked on a whirlwind adventure across Europe, where he was invited to study in Germany, France, and Italy, winning 18 concert medals before he turned 20.

Winning the Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv, he recalls, was a key moment in his life. It was there he was approached by the illustrious Russian pianist, Lazar Berman, who asked him to become his understudy:
“He had heard about my story. I played for him for almost two hours and after that he said he wanted me to be his student.
I was so lucky to work under him. He told me many things about his life—his mother was an alumnus of the same school that trained Rachmaninoff, he was stopped from playing abroad by Soviet authorities after marrying a foreigner…
He dedicated so much time to becoming a great musician in such a harsh environment. It inspired me so much, and he told me so many stories after each lesson. “
Chen’s experience growing up in Europe and studying in Soviet Russia has undeniably shaped both his performance style and his musical proclivities. The performer expresses that, although his preferences continually evolve with time and age, “Russian soul” music—including the works of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky—will always have a special place in his heart.

His repertoire for this year’s tour of Taiwan, however, comprises exclusively French composers, including Romantic greats Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie, as well works from Jean-Philippe Rameau and Cécile Chaminade. Chen explains:

“I met with a French government representative when I last went to France and they are really willing to promote French composers connected with the First World War. Europe has a rich culture of musical history, one that is important to never forget. Now that the market for classical music has gone up in Asia, I have a responsibility to reintroduce this culture to Taiwan.”
Chen has ardently strived to bring his own culture to the outside world, too. In recent years he collaborated with composers to produce the epic Winter Trilogy, which celebrates his Hakka heritage, and the Love River Concerto, inspired by a river in Taiwan. Both pieces marry Chinese instruments into a Western-style orchestra for a true East-meets-West experience.
Though his prolific talents and achievements make him one of Taiwan’s top stars, he stresses that he organized his tours and collaborative projects on his own, without the help of the government. In an interview with The News Lens in 2016, he noted that throughout his competition-winning career, he would always see performers from other nations accompanied by government officials.
Chen still believes Taiwan should allow more artists to become ambassadors for the country, and wield its cultural soft power more effectively:
“I still hold the opinion that Taiwan needs to change on this matter. Of course, Taiwan is not like Europe; they have held the tradition for many hundreds of years and have had so much more money poured into developing the art.
But things have begun to change over the past 10 years. I really hope the government can do more and more to support musicians through policy, now that we have new concert halls opening up all over the country.
This is fundamental to preserving the art.”
Although he does not return to Taiwan much, Chen explained that when he does, he is always touched by the warmth and support he receives. He expressed joy at the fact that Taiwanese people are becoming more and more interested in classical music, and how concerned they are with introducing the culture to the newer generation.
World-renowned concert pianist Rueibin Chen is making his way back to Taiwan in November for three special concerts in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung
Interviewed by Taiwan News
2018/10/17 

Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌) is no run-of-the-mill concert pianist. His prodigious talent was showcased to the nation when he debuted with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at just 10 years old. Aged 13, he was recognized by the government as an extraordinarily gifted student and granted a passport to study at a Viennese conservatory.
Chen grew up in a musical family and attributes his initial accomplishments to a strict schedule of daily lessons implemented by his father.
He reflects that he was lucky, in a sense, as being musically-inclined meant his family knew they would have to take pains to ensure his success. His father managed to acquire a 150-year-old concert piano for him to practice on, a feat unimaginable in the southern city of Tainan at the time, he jokes.

After being granted a scholarship to study in Vienna, the performer embarked on a whirlwind adventure across Europe, where he was invited to study in Germany, France, and Italy, winning 18 concert medals before he turned 20.

Winning the Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv, he recalls, was a key moment in his life. It was there he was approached by the illustrious Russian pianist, Lazar Berman, who asked him to become his understudy:
“He had heard about my story. I played for him for almost two hours and after that he said he wanted me to be his student.

I was so lucky to work under him. He told me many things about his life—his mother was an alumnus of the same school that trained Rachmaninoff, he was stopped from playing abroad by Soviet authorities after marrying a foreigner…

He dedicated so much time to becoming a great musician in such a harsh environment. It inspired me so much, and he told me so many stories after each lesson. “

Chen’s experience growing up in Europe and studying in Soviet Russia has undeniably shaped both his performance style and his musical proclivities. The performer expresses that, although his preferences continually evolve with time and age, “Russian soul” music—including the works of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky—will always have a special place in his heart.

His repertoire for this year’s tour of Taiwan, however, comprises exclusively French composers, including Romantic greats Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie, as well works from Jean-Philippe Rameau and Cécile Chaminade. Chen explains:

“I met with a French government representative when I last went to France and they are really willing to promote French composers connected with the First World War. Europe has a rich culture of musical history, one that is important to never forget. Now that the market for classical music has gone up in Asia, I have a responsibility to reintroduce this culture to Taiwan.”

Chen has ardently strived to bring his own culture to the outside world, too. In recent years he collaborated with composers to produce the epic Winter Trilogy, which celebrates his Hakka heritage, and the Love River Concerto, inspired by a river in Taiwan. Both pieces marry Chinese instruments into a Western-style orchestra for a true East-meets-West experience.

Though his prolific talents and achievements make him one of Taiwan’s top stars, he stresses that he organized his tours and collaborative projects on his own, without the help of the government. In an interview with The News Lens in 2016, he noted that throughout his competition-winning career, he would always see performers from other nations accompanied by government officials.

Chen still believes Taiwan should allow more artists to become ambassadors for the country, and wield its cultural soft power more effectively:
“I still hold the opinion that Taiwan needs to change on this matter. Of course, Taiwan is not like Europe; they have held the tradition for many hundreds of years and have had so much more money poured into developing the art.

But things have begun to change over the past 10 years. I really hope the government can do more and more to support musicians through policy, now that we have new concert halls opening up all over the country.

This is fundamental to preserving the art.”
Although he does not return to Taiwan much, Chen explained that when he does, he is always touched by the warmth and support he receives. He expressed joy at the fact that Taiwanese people are becoming more and more interested in classical music, and how concerned they are with introducing the culture to the newer generation.




Rueibin Chen will be performing at Chung Shing Hall in Taichung on Nov. 4, the National Concert Hall in Taipei on Nov. 9, and Kaohsiung Cultural Center on Nov. 15. Further information and ticket purchasing services can be found online.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Taiwan National Museum open-air large-scale concert



Thank you to all the people and the Organization that helped to happen in such a short time, you have created an extraordinary outdoor performance at the National Palace Museum!

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Taiwan National Museum open-air large-scale concert on May 5th!


Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌) to perform “Formosan Dance” in remembrance of Jiang W...




Chen Rueibin to perform “Formosan Dance” in remembrance of Jiang Wen-ye (2018/03/26)

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Taiwanese composer Jiang Wen-ye. In remembrance, another of Taiwan's national treasures, world-renowned pianist Chen Rueibin, will return to Taiwan for two highly anticipated performances. One of Jiang's most beloved works, "Formosan Dance", will be the highlight of the recitals. Let's take a listen with this sneak preview.

This uplifting melody suggests the clear streams and misty peaks of isla formosa. Taiwanese virtuoso Chen Rueibin - nicknamed ‘Angel Fingers’ - plays “Formosan Dance.”

Composed by Jiang Wen-ye, “Formosan Dance” won an honorable mention in the art competition at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The piece holds a special meaning in Chen’s heart.

Chen Rueibin
Pianist
I also left Taiwan at an early age to go to school overseas, like Jiang Wen-ye who went to Japan as a child. I hope through this opportunity to bring further awareness to Taiwanese audiences and music lovers that even in the early 20th century, we already had such an outstanding and accomplished composer.

At the age of 16 Chen became the youngest winner of the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Italy, and over the years he’s received numerous honors at piano competitions worldwide. But he’s always stayed committed to the development of classical music in Taiwan. His next Taiwanese recitals will be held at Taipei Zhongshan Hall on March 28 and Chiayi City Music Hall on April 23. At the same time he will hold a masterclass to share his lifetime of dedication and to music. 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxCj-U1Ghd4

Pianist Rueibin Chen to reinterpret Taiwanese folk songs using classical music



Pianist Rueibin Chen to reinterpret Taiwanese folk songs using classical music
Internationally renowned Taiwan-born Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen is performing a selection of well-known pieces for all ages!
Interview by Taiwan News
2018/03/19
Internationally renowned Taiwan-born Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌), one of Taiwan's best-known musical experts, is giving piano recitals at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall on March 28 and at the Chiayi City Concert Hall on April 23.
This time, Chen is performing a selection of well-known pieces for all ages. In the first half of the concert, Chen will present Taiwanese Hokkien songs including Ú iā hue (The Torment of a Flower) and Bāng Chhun-hong (Awaiting the Spring Breeze) composed by the “Father of Taiwanese Folk Songs” Teng Yu-hsien.
Apart from the well-known pieces that older fans may be familiar with, Chen will also present “Formosan Dance” in commemoration of the 35 anniversary of the death of Taiwanese composer Jiang Wen-Ye, better known as Bunya Koh. Jiang's“Formosan Dance”even won a musical competition at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Another piece will be“Homage to China” by Koh’s teacher A.Tcherepnin. Both pieces are part of the important history of classical music in Taiwan.
The second half of the concert, Chen will play kids’ favorites: "Ma Mere l'Oye" by M.Ravel and Peer Gynt's "Suites No.1 ," "Op.46" and "Piano 4 Hands" by E.Grieg.
Having years of performing experience in major concert halls all over the world, Chen noted that it isn’t the venue that he considers the most important thing in a concert but the inspiration he can give to his audience. “I am willing and would put in the same effort when playing for one single person or playing to an audience of thousands,” said Chen.
Besides the two recitals, Chen will also hold two master classes in Taipei and Chiayi in late April to pass on his experience and playing techniques to Taiwanese students. Amateur students are also welcome to join. For more information, please visit the organizer Capriccio Chamber Orchestra.

Yellow River Piano Concerto

I am honored to be the soloist at the official opening of the first opening concert with the Taoyuan Chinese Orchestra , February 25th as a finale of the Programme :Yellow River Piano Concerto