Sunday, November 15, 2009

Historical: Rueibin Chen's Piano Solo (Yellow River Concerto) in Hong Kong

(Rueibin Chen rehearsed Yellow River Concerto with nearly 200-people Orchestra in HK)
Master Pianist Rueibin Chen's performance in Hong Kong on 28 November 2009 was not only successful, but also unforgettable. He is the first pianist born in Taiwan who is invited to present the tremedous Piano Concerto "The Yellow River" on public. He played Yellow River Concerto in full confidence. The great honour and wonderful performance has made history. The tickets of the concert were all sold out.
Concert by Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra
28 November 2009 (Sat) 8pmAuditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

PerformersConductor:Wai Sing-fat
Guest Conductors:Wang Fujian, Aik Yew-goh
Piano Solo:Chen Rueibin

Huqin Solo:Wong On-yuen
Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra
Spring Melody Chorus

Piano Concerto: The Yellow River
(Yin Chengzong, Sheng Lihong, Chu Wanghua and Liu Zhuang, Arr. Liu Wenjin)
Piano Solo: Chen Rueibin/ Conductor: Wang Fujian

Details for Piano Solo
Chen Rueibin, a Chinese-Austrian born in Taiwan, continued his study under the legendary Lazar Berman. Chen has won medals in various international piano competitions. The recipient of many prizes, Chen was awarded the "Bösendorfer" prize in Vienna and was chosen by the Minister of Culture in Taiwan as the "Best Young Artist". Chen won the "Best Prize for Contributions to Music" at Salzburg International Music Festival and the "Albert Roussel Prize" in Paris . He was awarded the "Taiwan Millennium Best Artistic Performance Award" in 2000, the "Golden Melody Awards" for "Best Performance" and for "Best Album", and the "Character of Highest Potential" in Taiwan. Chen was also honoured by the County Supervisor of Greater Los Angeles County for promoting diplomacy between the United States and Taiwan through music with his solo recital.

Chen was named the Principal Soloist of "Moldova" Iasi and Tirgu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.

Chen's musicianship has been highly praised by many renowned musicians and critics. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was very impressed with his astonishing technique. Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha described his playing as "magnificent" and "full of promise." After his performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Sonata No.2 in a piano competition, he received tremendous accolades from former New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg, who wrote that Chen's interpretation was the best he had heard by a young artist for a long time.

He has given master classes in musical strongholds and also served as a jury member in international piano competitions in Switzerland.


Orchestra: As the Moon Rises (Ancient tune, Arr. Peng Xiuwen)
Pipa Leading: Kwan Lai-yee/ Conductor: Aik Yew-goh

Orchestra: The Dragon (Law Wai-lun)
Conductor: Aik Yew-goh

Piano Concerto: The Yellow River
(Yin Chengzong, Sheng Lihong, Chu Wanghua and Liu Zhuang, Arr. Liu Wenjin)
Piano Solo: Chen Rueibin/ Conductor: Wang Fujian

Orchestra: Song of the Fishermen of the East Sea (Ma Shenglong, Gu Guanren)
Conductor: Wai Sing-fat

Erhu and Orchestra: Reflection of the Moon on the Water (Hua Yanjun, Arr. Peng Xiuwen)
Huqin: Wong On-yuen/ Conductor: Wai Sing-fat

Banhu and Orchestra: Hua-Bang-Zi (Folk music of Hebei, Arr. Yan Shaoyi)
Huqin: Wong On-yuen/ Conductor: Wai Sing-fat

Chorus: Tian-O-O, Diu-Diu-Dong, Night Rain in Keelung (Taiwan folk ballads)
Spring Melody Chorus/ Guest Conductor: Jan Loeb

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