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!

Concert Pianist Rueibin Chen FB fans page 

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
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.

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
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

panish Interview by RTI
Oct 2017
Sueños y pasión,del pianista Rueibin Chen
El pianista taiwanés Chen Rueibin ofreció el 3 de octubre un recital de piano .El programa, titulado "Sueños y pasión" contó con una variada selección de obras dispuestas especialmente para su público.
Desde Respighi hasta Scriabin, el programa contó también con obras románticas de Schubert y Beethoven, entre otros.
La Brújula estuvo presente en el recital de piano y tuvo la ocasión de entrevistar al renombrado pianista. Encontrarás todos los detalles en esta edición de La Brújula.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Taiwan’s ‘Russian soul’

    Chen Ruei-bin poses for a promotional photo of his Dreams and Passion Concert.

Chen performs last year at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Southern California.

Taiwan’s ‘Russian soul’

Interviewed by Taipei Times 
Oct. 10 2017

Pianist Chen Ruei-bin talks to the ‘Taipei Times’ about the 2014 earthquake that devastated parts of Tainan, growing up in Europe and his passion for Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin

Chen Ruei-bin (陳瑞斌) doesn’t get stage fright, but as the concert pianist enters the 3,000-seat performance space in Los Angeles he’s shaking with anxiety. He sits at the piano, straightens himself, pauses and begins to play.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake had just hit southern Taiwan, devastating much of his home neighborhood of Yongkang District (永康).
“I was in the air when it happened,” he recalls. “I only found out after landing in LA.”
As he begins to play, he still has no word of his family’s whereabouts. Many in the audience were aware of the situation.
Chen’s ability to persevere under intense pressure is a reason why he is one of the world’s most sought after pianists.
After Chen finishes his final piece, the crowd erupts in a roar.
“It was the most touching ovation I’d ever received,” he says.
Born to music teachers, Chen grew up in a school staff dormitory: a little Japanese-style house built on short wooden stilts with cats chasing mice under floorboards.
Chen spent much of his childhood at the family piano — a third-hand ivory-keyed 140-year old relic bought from a doctor.
Chen was destined for the stage. After making his debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at age 10, he was sent to Austria to study at the Vienna Conservatory at 13, leaving his family behind in Tainan.
Unable to speak German, he says he barely left the comfort of his piano chair for those first months.
Chen was trained by Lazar Berman, one of the greats of the Russian romantic tradition, who only took on a handful of students, Chen being the only non-European among them. As a former KGB officer, Berman was barred from performing in the West for much of the Cold War.
“He was incredibly strict,” Chen says. “If you didn’t play exactly as he told you to, he’d just get up, walk away and stop teaching you. You had to learn to endure his wrath.”
Chen says Berman calls this the “Russian soul,” a tragic musical outlook that accepts no compromise.
Having lived through World War II and the Cold War, Chen believes it was the brutality and hardship his teacher had experienced that connected him on such a deep emotional level to music.
“Understanding his story and how he related his life to music was the greatest thing I learned from him,” he says.
It takes 20 or 30 years of playing pieces from masters such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin to fully comprehend the meaning of their work. Chen says this immense undertaking is compounded by other factors such as historical context, the composer’s personal life and its cultural and philosophical milieu.
“I can feel the weight of history on my shoulders as I play,” Chen says.
To honor the victims of the earthquake, Chen performed Scriabin’s Nocturn for the Left Hand in April of last year. Thankfully, he didn’t have to play at his parents funeral because they survived the earthquake.
“Scriabin suffered from depression,” Chen says, “You can feel his sorrow in his music.”
Scriabin’s music resonates with those who are in the depths of despair, he says, because it encourages them to keep going.
“Music amplifies people’s emotions,” he chuckles, adding that it has to have a greater purpose.
Active in numerous charities, he offers free tickets for families with disabled children to his concerts.
“Whether it’s making music or doing volunteer work, I want to leave behind as much as I can for this world.”