Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rueibin Chen and Pasadena Symphony Performs Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Posted by Temple City Tribune
Published: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Rachmaninoff International Award winning pianist Rueibin Chen joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony in concert at both 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, November 3 at the acoustically acclaimed Ambassador Auditorium. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations for Piano and Orchestra are the featured masterworks on the program.

Tchaikovsky’s breakthrough Fourth Symphony is a bounding creative leap in scale, intensity and ambition combining theatrical flair with emotional contrasts that reach epic proportions. Chen will perform his talisman, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – brilliant with delicious wit and one of the world’s most irresistible melodies popularized by the movie “Somewhere in Time.” In this concert, conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony will deliver music so personal, it becomes universal.

Chen, who recently performed as part of the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Play Me I’m Yours” project, is a favorite among Chinese and American audiences. He has earned countless accolades and awards for his appearances in concert halls and international piano competitions, including competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), in Warsaw (Chopin) ,Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninov, Bellini, and Stresa).

Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was one of the composer’s later works, written in 1934. Based on a famous violin theme by Niccoló Paganini, Rachmaninoff’s work takes the artist on a grand adventure reveling in inventiveness and sheer speed. With its technical mastery and captivating melodies, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini became an instant hit with audiences.

Tickets to see Rueibin Chen and Edwin Outwater in concert with the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, November 3 at Ambassador Auditorium are on sale now. For tickets or more information, contact the Pasadena Symphony box office online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call 626.793.7172What: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with the Pasadena Symphony, Who: Rueibin Chen, piano
Edwin Outwater, conductor, When: Saturday, November 3 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Where: Ambassador Auditorium; 131 St. John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91123, Cost: Tickets start at $35.00, Parking: Valet on Green Street, $10 general parking available adjacent to the theater in Maranatha parking lots.

Full Program: Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Pre-Concert Conversation: Pasadena Symphony Association’s CEO Paul Jan Zdunek visits with Guest Conductor Edwin Outwater about the program, his musical journey and much more an hour before each concert (1 pm and again at 7 pm on stage at Ambassador Auditorium)



Rueibin Chen &Pasadena Symphony Performs Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff at Ambassador Auditorium

Pasadena Now

Rueibin Chen, left and Edwin Outwater
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rachmaninoff International Award winning pianist Rueibin Chen joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony in concert at both 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, November 3 at the acoustically acclaimed Ambassador Auditorium. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations for Piano and Orchestra are the featured masterworks on the program.

Tchaikovsky’s breakthrough Fourth Symphony is a bounding creative leap in scale, intensity and ambition combining theatrical flair with emotional contrasts that reach epic proportions. Chen will perform his talisman, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – brilliant with delicious wit and one of the world’s most irresistible melodies popularized by the movie “Somewhere in Time.” In this concert, conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony will deliver music so personal, it becomes universal.

Chen, who recently performed as part of the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Play Me I’m Yours” project, is a favorite among Chinese and American audiences. He has earned countless accolades and awards for his appearances in concert halls and international piano competitions, including competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), in Warsaw (Chopin) ,Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninov, Bellini, and Stresa).

Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was one of the composer’s later works, written in 1934. Based on a famous violin theme by Niccoló Paganini, Rachmaninoff’s work takes the artist on a grand adventure reveling in inventiveness and sheer speed. With its technical mastery and captivating melodies, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini became an instant hit with audiences.


Tickets to see Rueibin Chen and Edwin Outwater in concert with the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, November 3 at Ambassador Auditorium are on sale now. For tickets or more information, contact the Pasadena Symphony box office online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call (626) 793-7172

About the Artists
About Rueibin Chen

Mr. Rueibin Chen’s distinguished career as an internationally acclaimed pianist has earned him a reputation for technical brilliance, immense energy, and intense artistic expression. His masterful performance of Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos (including the Paganini Rhapsody Op. 43) in two consecutive nights at Taiwan ’s National Concert Hall garnered significant critical acclaim. The performance was considered to “be the first of its kind and has left a sensational imprint in the minds of the overflowed audience.” Such praise befits “one of those geniuses that come along once in twenty years.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

A Chinese-Austrian born in Taiwan, Chen has won a total of eighteen medals, five of them gold, in various international piano competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), in Warsaw (Chopin) ,Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninov, Bellini, and Stresa).

Chen received his first piano lessons from his father when he was five. At the age of thirteen, he was selected by the Taiwanese government in a national talent search and was sent to Vienna , Austria , where he obtained a concert diploma from the Vienna Conservatory. Subsequently, he received a soloist’s examination award from the Hannover Hochschule für Musik in Germany and then continued his study under the legendary Lazar Berman.

Career

Chen started his career as a concert pianist at age ten when he made his debut with Taipei Symphony Orchestra. He was named the Principal Soloist of “ Moldova ” Iasi and Tirgu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania . He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the Utah Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Prague Symphony, Czech State Philharmonic of Brno, Moscow State Symphony, Russian State Symphony, Singapore Symphony, New Philharmonia Japan , Shanghai Symphony, National Symphony Taiwan , Taipei Symphony, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, among others. He was invited to be the Soloist with Taipei Symphony on its Asian Tour, the designated soloist of the 75th Anniversary of Turkey, the soloist with Kaohsiung City Traditional Orchestra of Taiwan on its America Tour in 2005 and on its Australia Tour in 2006, the soloist with Evergreen Symphony on its China Tour in 2005. Chen has worked with such conductors as Antoni Wit, Pavel Kogan, Sergiu Comissiona, Joseph Silverstein, and András Ligeti.

Chen made his European debut in the Grossensaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna in 1984 to much acclaim. He has been invited to perform at many festivals, such as the International Salzburg Music Festival, Vienna Spring Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Hong Kong Festival, Taipei Music Festival, Taipei Arts Festival, the International Rachmaninoff Music Festival in Moscow, the Janáček Music Festival in Czechoslovakia, the Chopin Festivals in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, various festivals in Romania and the Auckland International Piano Festival.

Chen tours regularly throughout the world, performing in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Opera de Monte Carlo, Warsaw Philharmonie, Bolshoi Hall in Moscow, F. Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Beijing Music Hall, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in Taipei and Shanghai Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, Sydney Opera House. Since 2002, he has been the Artist-in-Residence of Hong Kong Radio Television.

Chen is also an active chamber musician and has performed with international chamber groups including the London Chamber Players, Lark Quartet and Shanghai Quartet.

He has given master classes in musical strongholds such as the New England Conservatory in Boston , and the Masterplayer International Music Academy in Lugano. He has also served as a jury member in international piano competitions in Switzerland .

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth in 2010, Chen has launched a project to present a series of concerts featuring Chopin’s masterpieces, including solo and piano concerto works, in major cities in America , Europe and the Asia-Pacific region from 2008 through 2010. Chen is the first Taiwan-born pianist, played the famous “Yellow River Concerto” in Hong Kong and China successfully and also invited by the Chinese government to perform with orchestras at the opening of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.


Recordings

Chen has produced a dozen CD recordings with labels such as UNIVERSAL, NAXOS/MARCO POLO INTERNATIONAL, KKM AUSTRIA and JINGO RECORDS with works by Chopin, Liszt, Wagner-Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Piazolla and his own transcriptions. His concerts have been broadcast in many radio and television programs in Europe, Asia, America , and Australia .


Prizes and Recognition

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 invited by the President of Taiwan, Teng-Hui Lee to his Festival Concert at the Presidential Palace in 1992, which was broadcast by national radio and television networks. 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 honored by the County Supervisor of Greater Los Angeles County for promoting diplomacy between the United States and Taiwan through music with his solo recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


About Edwin Outwater
Edwin Outwater is Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario , Canada . Now in his fifth season, he has revitalized the orchestra and gained international attention for innovative projects and imaginative programs.

Mr. Outwater’s recent project highlights include the launching of the Beethoven and Your Brain project (parts 1 and 2) with author/speaker/scientist Daniel Levitin at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, a new Schoenberg and Mason Bates program with Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto, a concert version of H. K. Gruber’s “Frankenstein!” with author/actor Daniel Handler, a new orchestral music project with Dan Deacon, a CD release on the Analaketa label of first orchestral compositions by Nico Muhly, Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead), and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), the YouTube Symphony 2 concert in Sydney, Australia as well as leading the very first appearance of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall as one of only three conductors chosen for this event – alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and Tan Dun, a performance of works of Frank Zappa in Cincinnati, his professional opera debut conducting La Traviata with the San Francisco Opera, a subscription concert week with the San Francisco Symphony that featured a new world premiere composition by Duncan Sheik, two PDQ Bach events – one with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and one with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, a revival of A Beatles Tribute with Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton, a benefit concert with the San Francisco Symphony featuring some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors (The World of Nick Adams), an evening of Nico Muhly’s orchestral works at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and a performance of John Adams’ revised version of the Dr. Atomic Symphony with the BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales.
As a conductor and educator, this season Mr. Outwater leads the New World Symphony Orchestra in an in-depth focus on the music of Ravel with Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard Bernstein) as the host. He delivers a world-premiere commission from Nico Muhly at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, leads a fully staged performance of Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the Little Orchestra Society of New York at Lincoln Center, conducts and all day and night marathon live on BBC radio celebrating Rugby Day around the world with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and makes guest conducting appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Last season, Outwater lead the New World Symphony in a focus on the music of Manuel de Falla in addition to appearances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He also returned to the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and made a debut appearance with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In the United States , Mr. Outwater has conducted the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., the St. Louis Symphony, as well as the symphony orchestras of Baltimore , Houston , Detroit , Seattle , and Indianapolis , and many others. In Canada , he has conducted the symphonies of Toronto , Calgary , Edmonton , Winnipeg , the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in addition to his own Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. International appearances include the Mexico City Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Malmö Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Xalapa, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Edwin Outwater was Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2001-2006. While there, he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanied the orchestra on tour and conducted numerous concerts each season. He made his subscription debut in 2002 with Kurt Masur conducting Britten’s War Requiem, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, and many others. On two occasions, Mr. Outwater stepped in for an ailing Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting performances of Stravinsky’s complete Pulcinella, as well as works by Beethoven and Cherubini. In July 2006 Mr. Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer is Dead, by Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket which was recently released HarperCollins. In 2008, his recording with the San Francisco Symphony of the music of Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was released to wide acclaim.

From 2001-2005 Mr. Outwater was Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his tenure, he led the orchestra in all of their concerts as well as on tour to Europe in the summer of 2004. During the tour, the orchestra made its debut at Vienna ’s Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris , and returned to Amsterdam ’s Concertgebouw.

Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Outwater served as Resident Conductor and Associate Guest Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic. He has also held posts as Associate Conductor of the Festival-Institute at Round Top (a renowned music-training program based in Texas ), Principal Conductor of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Molise , Italy , and Assistant Conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic.

Mr. Outwater’s work in music education and community outreach has been widely acclaimed. In 2004 his education programs were given the Leonard Bernstein award for excellence in educational programming, and his Chinese New Year Program was given the MET LIFE award for community outreach. At the San Francisco Symphony, he conducted Family Concerts, Adventures in Music performances, which are heard by more than 25,000 students from San Francisco schools each year, and Concerts for Kids, which serve students from throughout Northern California . In Florida , Mr. Outwater designed the Florida Philharmonic Family Series and its Music for Youth program, which was heard annually by more than 40,000 fifth-grade students in South Florida . He appears frequently with training orchestras and music festivals throughout the United States and across the world, including the National Youth Orcehstra of New Zealand, the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, the Festival-Institute at Round Top, and the Mannes Conservatory Orchestra. Mr. Outwater has served as music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Tulsa , the Idyllwild Arts Academy , and the University of California , Santa Barbara .

A native of Santa Monica , California , Edwin Outwater attended Harvard University , graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English literature. While at Harvard, he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra, the Harvard Din and Tonics (an acclaimed a cappella group), and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s degree in conducting from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Heiichiro Ohyama, and Paul Polivinick. He also studied music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein.
About the Pasadena Symphony and POPS

Recent Acclaim for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS

“…Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony sent me straight to the thesaurus for more options to ‘enthusiasm.’ They include eagerness, fervor, passion, gusto, zeal, zest, keenness, excitement, fire. All will do.

Vitality, drive, vivacity, dash, vim, gusto, brio, dynamism, verve and spirit are other suitable synonyms. You get the point.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times. October 30, 2011


“…full of pulsating energy from first note to last… the strings were lushly resonant, the wind principals were at the top of their games, and the brass rang out with gleaming vigor.” – Robert Thomas, Pasadena Star News. November 2, 2011

The Pasadena Symphony Association was founded in 1928 by Conductor Reginald Bland. Originally named the Pasadena Civic Orchestra, its first members were mostly volunteer musicians, many of whom were students of Bland. The annual operating budget was $3,500, which was funded entirely by the City of Pasadena .

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Southern California ’s most talented, sought after musicians. With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.

In the fall of 2007, the Pasadena Symphony incorporated the Pasadena POPS into its Association under the new name Pasadena Symphony and POPS. This merger created an expanded Classics and POPS series providing the community with a full spectrum of live symphonic concerts year-round. In the summer of 2012, the Pasadena POPS’ relocated its summer home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum where it has been performing to record-breaking crowds and critical acclaim.

The Pasadena Symphony provides a musical experience like no other at the Ambassador Auditorium – known as the Carnegie Hall of the West. Internationally recognized, Presidential Medal of Arts Recipient, Maestro James DePreist, serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Artistic Advisor. The Pasadena POPS announced Michael Feinstein as its new Principal Pops Conductor in August 2012 where he will be the first conductor to hold the Marvin Hamlisch Chair title.

A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region since 1972 through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra comprised of over 200 gifted middle school students from more than 40 schools all over the Southland. The PYSO most recently performed on several episodes of the popular television show GLEE.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Rueibin Chen and Taipei Symphony Orchestra

S.Rachmaninoff : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIYm3tkRPm8

Rueibin Chen and Pasadena Symphony Performs Rachmaninoff at Ambassador Auditorium


Pasadena Symphony Performs Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff at Ambassador Auditorium

PASADENA NOW
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012



Rachmaninoff International Award winning pianist Rueibin Chen joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony in concert at both 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, November 3 at the acoustically acclaimed Ambassador Auditorium. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations for Piano and Orchestra are the featured masterworks on the program.



Tchaikovsky’s breakthrough Fourth Symphony is a bounding creative leap in scale, intensity and ambition combining theatrical flair with emotional contrasts that reach epic proportions. Chen will perform his talisman, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – brilliant with delicious wit and one of the world’s most irresistible melodies popularized by the movie “Somewhere in Time.” In this concert, conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony will deliver music so personal, it becomes universal.



Chen, who recently performed as part of the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Play Me I’m Yours” project, is a favorite among Chinese and American audiences. He has earned countless accolades and awards for his appearances in concert halls and international piano competitions, including competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), in Warsaw (Chopin) ,Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninov, Bellini, and Stresa).



Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was one of the composer’s later works, written in 1934. Based on a famous violin theme by Niccoló Paganini, Rachmaninoff’s work takes the artist on a grand adventure reveling in inventiveness and sheer speed. With its technical mastery and captivating melodies, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini became an instant hit with audiences.



Tickets to see Rueibin Chen and Edwin Outwater in concert with the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, November 3 at Ambassador Auditorium are on sale now. For tickets or more information, contact the Pasadena Symphony box office online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call (626) 793-7172.



About the Artists



About Rueibin Chen



Mr. Rueibin Chen’s distinguished career as an internationally acclaimed pianist has earned him a reputation for technical brilliance, immense energy, and intense artistic expression. His masterful performance of Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos (including the Paganini Rhapsody Op. 43) in two consecutive nights at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall garnered significant critical acclaim. The performance was considered to “be the first of its kind and has left a sensational imprint in the minds of the overflowed audience.” Such praise befits “one of those geniuses that come along once in twenty years.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)



A Chinese-Austrian born in Taiwan, Chen has won a total of eighteen medals, five of them gold, in various international piano competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), in Warsaw (Chopin) ,Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninov, Bellini, and Stresa).



Chen received his first piano lessons from his father when he was five. At the age of thirteen, he was selected by the Taiwanese government in a national talent search and was sent to Vienna, Austria, where he obtained a concert diploma from the Vienna Conservatory. Subsequently, he received a soloist’s examination award from the Hannover Hochschule für Musik in Germany and then continued his study under the legendary Lazar Berman.



Career

Chen started his career as a concert pianist at age ten when he made his debut with Taipei Symphony Orchestra. He was named the Principal Soloist of “Moldova” Iasi and Tirgu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the Utah Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Prague Symphony, Czech State Philharmonic of Brno, Moscow State Symphony, Russian State Symphony, Singapore Symphony, New Philharmonia Japan, Shanghai Symphony, National Symphony Taiwan, Taipei Symphony, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, among others. He was invited to be the Soloist with Taipei Symphony on its Asian Tour, the designated soloist of the 75th Anniversary of Turkey, the soloist with Kaohsiung City Traditional Orchestra of Taiwan on its America Tour in 2005 and on its Australia Tour in 2006, the soloist with Evergreen Symphony on its China Tour in 2005. Chen has worked with such conductors as Antoni Wit, Pavel Kogan, Sergiu Comissiona, Joseph Silverstein, and András Ligeti.



Chen made his European debut in the Grossensaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna in 1984 to much acclaim. He has been invited to perform at many festivals, such as the International Salzburg Music Festival, Vienna Spring Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Hong Kong Festival, Taipei Music Festival, Taipei Arts Festival, the International Rachmaninoff Music Festival in Moscow, the Janáček Music Festival in Czechoslovakia, the Chopin Festivals in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, various festivals in Romania and the Auckland International Piano Festival.



Chen tours regularly throughout the world, performing in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Opera de Monte Carlo, Warsaw Philharmonie, Bolshoi Hall in Moscow, F. Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Beijing Music Hall, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in Taipei and Shanghai Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, Sydney Opera House. Since 2002, he has been the Artist-in-Residence of Hong Kong Radio Television.



Chen is also an active chamber musician and has performed with international chamber groups including the London Chamber Players, Lark Quartet and Shanghai Quartet.



He has given master classes in musical strongholds such as the New England Conservatory in Boston, and the Masterplayer International Music Academy in Lugano. He has also served as a jury member in international piano competitions in Switzerland.



In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth in 2010, Chen has launched a project to present a series of concerts featuring Chopin’s masterpieces, including solo and piano concerto works, in major cities in America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region from 2008 through 2010. Chen is the first Taiwan-born pianist, played the famous “Yellow River Concerto” in Hong Kong and China successfully and also invited by the Chinese government to perform with orchestras at the opening of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.



Recordings

Chen has produced a dozen CD recordings with labels such as UNIVERSAL, NAXOS/MARCO POLO INTERNATIONAL, KKM AUSTRIA and JINGO RECORDS with works by Chopin, Liszt, Wagner-Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Piazolla and his own transcriptions. His concerts have been broadcast in many radio and television programs in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia.



Prizes and Recognition

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 invited by the President of Taiwan, Teng-Hui Lee to his Festival Concert at the Presidential Palace in 1992, which was broadcast by national radio and television networks. 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 honored by the County Supervisor of Greater Los Angeles County for promoting diplomacy between the United States and Taiwan through music with his solo recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.



About Edwin Outwater

Edwin Outwater is Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada. Now in his fifth season, he has revitalized the orchestra and gained international attention for innovative projects and imaginative programs.



Mr. Outwater’s recent project highlights include the launching of the Beethoven and Your Brain project (parts 1 and 2) with author/speaker/scientist Daniel Levitin at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, a new Schoenberg and Mason Bates program with Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto, a concert version of H. K. Gruber’s “Frankenstein!” with author/actor Daniel Handler, a new orchestral music project with Dan Deacon, a CD release on the Analaketa label of first orchestral compositions by Nico Muhly, Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead), and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), the YouTube Symphony 2 concert in Sydney, Australia as well as leading the very first appearance of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall as one of only three conductors chosen for this event – alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and Tan Dun, a performance of works of Frank Zappa in Cincinnati, his professional opera debut conducting La Traviata with the San Francisco Opera, a subscription concert week with the San Francisco Symphony that featured a new world premiere composition by Duncan Sheik, two PDQ Bach events – one with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and one with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, a revival of A Beatles Tribute with Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton, a benefit concert with the San Francisco Symphony featuring some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors (The World of Nick Adams), an evening of Nico Muhly’s orchestral works at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and a performance of John Adams’ revised version of the Dr. Atomic Symphony with the BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales.



As a conductor and educator, this season Mr. Outwater leads the New World Symphony Orchestra in an in-depth focus on the music of Ravel with Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard Bernstein) as the host. He delivers a world-premiere commission from Nico Muhly at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, leads a fully staged performance of Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the Little Orchestra Society of New York at Lincoln Center, conducts and all day and night marathon live on BBC radio celebrating Rugby Day around the world with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and makes guest conducting appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.



Last season, Outwater lead the New World Symphony in a focus on the music of Manuel de Falla in addition to appearances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He also returned to the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and made a debut appearance with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.



In the United States, Mr. Outwater has conducted the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., the St. Louis Symphony, as well as the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, and Indianapolis, and many others. In Canada, he has conducted the symphonies of Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in addition to his own Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. International appearances include the Mexico City Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony, the Adelaide Symphony, the Malmö Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Xalapa, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.



Edwin Outwater was Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2001-2006. While there, he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanied the orchestra on tour and conducted numerous concerts each season. He made his subscription debut in 2002 with Kurt Masur conducting Britten’s War Requiem, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, and many others. On two occasions, Mr. Outwater stepped in for an ailing Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting performances of Stravinsky’s complete Pulcinella, as well as works by Beethoven and Cherubini. In July 2006 Mr. Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer is Dead, by Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket which was recently released HarperCollins. In 2008, his recording with the San Francisco Symphony of the music of Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was released to wide acclaim.



From 2001-2005 Mr. Outwater was Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his tenure, he led the orchestra in all of their concerts as well as on tour to Europe in the summer of 2004. During the tour, the orchestra made its debut at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and returned to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.



Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Outwater served as Resident Conductor and Associate Guest Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic. He has also held posts as Associate Conductor of the Festival-Institute at Round Top (a renowned music-training program based in Texas), Principal Conductor of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Molise, Italy, and Assistant Conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic.



Mr. Outwater’s work in music education and community outreach has been widely acclaimed. In 2004 his education programs were given the Leonard Bernstein award for excellence in educational programming, and his Chinese New Year Program was given the MET LIFE award for community outreach. At the San Francisco Symphony, he conducted Family Concerts, Adventures in Music performances, which are heard by more than 25,000 students from San Francisco schools each year, and Concerts for Kids, which serve students from throughout Northern California. In Florida, Mr. Outwater designed the Florida Philharmonic Family Series and its Music for Youth program, which was heard annually by more than 40,000 fifth-grade students in South Florida. He appears frequently with training orchestras and music festivals throughout the United States and across the world, including the National Youth Orcehstra of New Zealand, the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, the Festival-Institute at Round Top, and the Mannes Conservatory Orchestra. Mr. Outwater has served as music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Tulsa, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.



A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English literature. While at Harvard, he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra, the Harvard Din and Tonics (an acclaimed a cappella group), and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s degree in conducting from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Heiichiro Ohyama, and Paul Polivinick. He also studied music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein.



About the Pasadena Symphony and POPS



Recent Acclaim for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS

“…Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony sent me straight to the thesaurus for more options to ‘enthusiasm.’ They include eagerness, fervor, passion, gusto, zeal, zest, keenness, excitement, fire. All will do.

Vitality, drive, vivacity, dash, vim, gusto, brio, dynamism, verve and spirit are other suitable synonyms. You get the point.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times. October 30, 2011



“…full of pulsating energy from first note to last… the strings were lushly resonant, the wind principals were at the top of their games, and the brass rang out with gleaming vigor.” – Robert Thomas, Pasadena Star News. November 2, 2011



The Pasadena Symphony Association was founded in 1928 by Conductor Reginald Bland. Originally named the Pasadena Civic Orchestra, its first members were mostly volunteer musicians, many of whom were students of Bland. The annual operating budget was $3,500, which was funded entirely by the City of Pasadena.



The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Southern California’s most talented, sought after musicians. With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.



In the fall of 2007, the Pasadena Symphony incorporated the Pasadena POPS into its Association under the new name Pasadena Symphony and POPS. This merger created an expanded Classics and POPS series providing the community with a full spectrum of live symphonic concerts year-round. In the summer of 2012, the Pasadena POPS’ relocated its summer home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum where it has been performing to record-breaking crowds and critical acclaim.



The Pasadena Symphony provides a musical experience like no other at the Ambassador Auditorium – known as the Carnegie Hall of the West. Internationally recognized, Presidential Medal of Arts Recipient, Maestro James DePreist, serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Artistic Advisor. The Pasadena POPS announced Michael Feinstein as its new Principal Pops Conductor in August 2012 where he will be the first conductor to hold the Marvin Hamlisch Chair title.



A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region since 1972 through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra comprised of over 200 gifted middle school students from more than 40 schools all over the Southland. The PYSO most recently performed on several episodes of the popular television show GLEE.

Rueibin Chen Performing with Pasadena Symphony


Pasadena Symphony Performs Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff at the Ambassador Auditorium

By Temple City Tribune

Published: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Rachmaninoff International Award winning pianist Rueibin Chen joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony in concert at both 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, November 3 at the acoustically acclaimed Ambassador Auditorium. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations for Piano and Orchestra are the featured masterworks on the program.

Tchaikovsky’s breakthrough Fourth Symphony is a bounding creative leap in scale, intensity and ambition combining theatrical flair with emotional contrasts that reach epic proportions. Chen will perform his talisman, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – brilliant with delicious wit and one of the world’s most irresistible melodies popularized by the movie “Somewhere in Time.” In this concert, conductor Edwin Outwater and the Pasadena Symphony will deliver music so personal, it becomes universal.

Chen, who recently performed as part of the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Play Me I’m Yours” project, is a favorite among Chinese and American audiences. He has earned countless accolades and awards for his appearances in concert halls and international piano competitions, including competitions in Tel Aviv (Rubinstein), in Warsaw (Chopin) ,Salt Lake City (Bachauer), Athens (Callas), Vienna, Manresa, and Italy (Rome, Rachmaninov, Bellini, and Stresa).

Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was one of the composer’s later works, written in 1934. Based on a famous violin theme by Niccoló Paganini, Rachmaninoff’s work takes the artist on a grand adventure reveling in inventiveness and sheer speed. With its technical mastery and captivating melodies, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini became an instant hit with audiences.

Tickets to see Rueibin Chen and Edwin Outwater in concert with the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, November 3 at Ambassador Auditorium are on sale now. For tickets or more information, contact the Pasadena Symphony box office online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call 626.793.7172What: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with the Pasadena Symphony, Who: Rueibin Chen, piano
Edwin Outwater, conductor, When: Saturday, November 3 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Where: Ambassador Auditorium; 131 St. John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91123, Cost: Tickets start at $35.00, Parking: Valet on Green Street, $10 general parking available adjacent to the theater in Maranatha parking lots.

Full Program: Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Pre-Concert Conversation: Pasadena Symphony Association’s CEO Paul Jan Zdunek visits with Guest Conductor Edwin Outwater about the program, his musical journey and much more an hour before each concert (1 pm and again at 7 pm on stage at Ambassador Auditorium)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rueibin Chen brings music to Daan Forest Park next weekend

Rueibin Chen brings music to Daan Forest Park next weekend


Taiwan News, 2012-10-17




Internationally renowned pianist Rueibin Chen will offer music lovers a real treat on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, at 7:00pm at the bandstand in Daan Forest Park. Chen will present works by Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninoff on what promises to be a cool autumn evening of delightful classic music.

Hailed as “the kind of genius that comes along once in a generation,” Chen comes off in conversation as anything but a reserved, arrogant master, revealing a humble, earthy side more like that of a close friend. Reminded of his outstanding accomplishments at an early age in Austria, he murmurs only that "I was very lucky”.


Asked why his performances always seem to touch the sensitive feelings of his audiences, he replies that in fact, he really doesn’t know the reason. He says simply, "I really like the music, the music really touches me."

Chen relates how once a mother passed a message to him after a performance, saying she had been worried that her three-year-old son would not be able to sit quietly during the show. Much to her surprise, she found her son breathlessly caught up in the music and even more focused than the adults around him.

Chen explains that his ultimate aim is not to be a self-absorbed virtuoso piano master, but to become immersed in the music, and to use his hands and fingers to project his passion to his listeners – even to the ones in the farthest corners of the venue.

Chen Ruei-bin received his first lessons from his father at the age of five, practicing on an old Japanese piano that he says “now must be a hundred years old.” By the age of ten he was a child prodigy who made his stage debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

At thirteen Chen went unaccompanied to Vienna – the first time he ever stepped onto an airliner – to begin his formal education in music. He found himself halfway around the world and unable to speak German, and consoled himself by taking advantage of every opportunity to listen to music..In addition to the language barrier, Chen also had to get by on a minimal budget, even limiting his phone calls back home to twice a year, at Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival when he could take advantage of lower rates.

As he worked his way through competitions, gradually making a name for himself in the world of music, Chen was constantly aware of his precarious situation due to Taiwan's diplomatic isolation, which sometimes caused problems for him. He notes that "from the age of thirteen, I was entirely on my own." He explains when he set out for Vienna he had little more than a passport to his name and entered numerous competitions as a way to support himself. He adds that he hopes the Taiwan government will pay more attention to budding talent in the field of music, offering more support and assistance to young musicians so their talent will not be buried.

Chen devotes a good deal of his time to charitable activities. In 2012 he organized a "Love and Sunshine Concert”, in which he shared the stage with three mentally and physically challenged young pianists. Chen notes frankly how their disabilities – autism, blindness and cerebral palsy – did not affect their performance in any way. Chen says that when they play they are every bit as professional as the most accomplished pianist, even if they sometimes cannot express their feelings in speech. Music is the medium they use to interact with others, he notes, and when the language is music, they are as articulate as anyone else.





Chen relates how his appreciation of music has become more diverse as he has grown older. He says that many of the ‘bottlenecks’ that limited the range of his performances in the past have been removed as he gradually finds other types of music that he wants to interpret. “With many works,” he notes, “you cannot really understand the sweetness and the bitterness until you are a little older.”





In recent years Chen has also ventured into performing music from the Asia-Pacific region, such as Lu Liang-hui’s “Love River Piano Concerto.” Chen tells how he has played this work in front of foreigners who have never been to Taiwan and is touched by how deeply moving the music is for them. He adds that Taiwanese who listen to the music also comment on how it makes them homesick for the island. Chen says he is now concentrating on incorporating certain elements of Hakka culture, to help promote Hakka culture and make a contribution to cross-cultural understanding. That is part of the magic of music as Chen presents it, sounds from Taiwan and sounds from the rest of the world resonating across the barriers of time and space to move listeners wherever they may be.







Thursday, October 18, 2012

피아니스트 루에빈 첸 연주회 패사디나 심포니와 라흐마니노프곡 협연 11월3일 앰베서더 오디토리엄



The Korea Times  2012-10-08 (월)
 Pianist Rueibin Chen performing with the Pasadena Symphony

피아니스트 루에빈 첸 연주회

패사디나 심포니와 라흐마니노프곡 협연

11월3일 앰베서더 오디토리엄

대만 출신의 세계적인 피아니스트 루에빈 첸(Rueibin Chen)이 11월3일 오후 2시와 8시 패사디나의 앰배서더 오디토리엄에서 에드윈 아웃워터가 지휘하는 패사디나 심포니와 함께 라흐마니노프의 ‘파가니니 주제에 의한 랩소디’를 협연한다.


루에빈 첸은 기술적인 완벽함과 무한한 에너지, 강렬한 예술적 표현으로 찬사를 받는 피아니스트로 특히 라흐마니노프의 피아노 작품을 센세이셔널하게 연주해 갈채받고 있다.


중국인과 오스트리아인 혼혈로 타이완에서 태어난 그는 13세 때 국비장학생으로 빈으로 유학, 비엔나 콘저바토리에서 콘서트 디플로마를 받았다. 세계의 많은 유수오케스트라들과 협연했으며 카네기홀과 디즈니홀을 비롯한 유명한 연주장들에서 콘서트를 가졌고, 10여장의 음반을 냈다.



이날 콘서트에서 에드윈 아웃워터 지휘의 패사디나 심포니는 이 외에도 황 리의 봄 축제 서곡과 차이코프스키의 4번 교향곡도 연주한다.

뉴월드 심포니와 캐나다 온타리오의 키치너 워털루 심포니의 지휘자이기도 한 에드윈 아웃워터는 음악계에서 떠오르는 신성 지휘자로 시카고 심포니, 샌프란시스코 심포니, 터론토 심포니, 도쿄 심포니, 홍콩 신포니에타를 객원지휘해 호평 받은 바 있다.

티켓은 35달러부터.

Ambassador Auditorium 131 St. John Ave. Pasadena, CA 91123

(626)793-7172.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rueibin Chen Performing with Taipei Symphony Orchestra


2012 The Tones of Autumn


Rueibin Chen Performing with Taipei Symphony Orchestra

Date: Oct. 27 & 28 , 2012 pm7:00

Daan Park Amphitheater

Repertoire From

W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21

L. v. Beethoven : Piano Concerto No.5

S. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini



秋意濃樂音頌- 大安森林公園露天音樂會

陳瑞斌與臺北市立交響樂團

演出日期: 2012年10月27& 28日晚間7:00

大安森林公園露天音樂台

曲目: 選自

莫札特 : 第二十一號鋼琴協奏曲

貝多芬 : 第五號 鋼琴協奏曲 <皇帝>

拉赫曼尼諾夫 : 帕格尼尼主題狂想曲

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rueibin Chen Performing with Taipei Symphony Orchestra

陳瑞斌 Rueibin Chen Performing with Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Daan Forest Park Open-air Concerts
大安森林公園露天音樂會

Date: Oct. 27 &28 , 2012 pm7:00 At Daan Forest Park

大安森林公園露天音樂台免費入場,歡迎大家前往聆賞 !

曲目: 選自 Repertoire : From
L. v. Beethoven : Piano Concerto No.5貝多芬 : 第五號 鋼琴協奏曲 <皇帝>
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 莫札特 : 第二十一號鋼琴協奏曲
S. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
拉赫曼尼諾夫 : 帕格尼尼主題狂想曲


Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Taiwanese-Austrian pianist to perform with disabled teens

Taiwanese-Austrian pianist to perform with disabled teens


2012-03-20 Want ChinaTimes

Taiwanese-Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen will perform with three young disabled musicians at two concerts later this week in Taiwan, event organizers announced Monday.

The three high school students were selected from dozens of teenage applicants around Taiwan, organizers said.

"I hope the events will help the public experience the special talent of disabled musicians," Chen said at the news conference, where he played two classical pieces with one of the students.

During practice sessions with Ku in the run-up to the concerts, Chen said that the 17-year-old did not always reply to his instructions verbally, but showed his response through his performance.

"I felt that he was responding to my instructions with his heart," Chen said.

Chen also offered advice to the young musicians on how to play before a large audience. "Your music has to be heard by a member of the audience who is sitting in the most distant corner of the concert hall," Chen said.

There will be 650 free tickets provided for disabled students and social welfare groups that help disabled people, the organizers said.

The 90-minute concert will debut in the southern city of Tainan on March 23, followed by a Taipei concert the next day.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rueibin Chen performing with the Pasadena Symphony

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rueibin Chen participate at American composer Marvin Hamlisch's Memorial Benefit Gala

In the world of music, Pasadena will remember the great Marvin Hamlisch, the Oscar-winning composer who headed the Pasadena POPS for two seasons and died suddenly on Aug. 6 due to lung failure. Hamlisch will be honored at a Sept. 15 concert by the Pasadena Symphony and POPS. Originally meant as a tribute to symphony supporter Edith Roberts, the show has been reworked to honor Hamlisch and features Rita Moreno, Martin Short, Dave Koz, Liz Callaway, Marc Shaiman, David Garrison, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Rueibin Chen. -------- Pasadena Weekly , 08/23/2012








Friday, September 7, 2012

Renowned Chinese Austrian Pianist Rueibin Chen performing with the Pasadena Symphony


電影時光倒流70” ( Movie - somewhere in time)
Renowned Chinese Austrian Pianist Rueibin Chen performing with the Pasadena Symphony
著名奧地利華裔鋼琴家陳瑞斌帕薩迪納交響樂團演出

拉赫瑪尼諾夫 : 帕格尼尼主題狂想曲
Rachmaninoff's   Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
演出地點:
帕薩迪納Ambassador 大劇院
At the Ambassador Auditorium

演出日期 : 2012113 下午場2:00 & 晚上場8:00
November 3, 2012  Saturday
At 2:00 PMand 8:00 PM.
Ambassador Auditorium
131 St. John Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105

購票資訊
Ticketing information:
電洽 Phone:626.793.7172 Or Order Online (線上訂票)

Wintry Night Triology-Rueibin Chen & Miaoli Chinese Orchestra

Gold  Night Trilogy
Rueibin Chen & Miaoli Chinese Orchestra

寒夜三部曲- 陳瑞斌與苗栗縣立國樂團 
演出時間/地點:
8月26日(日)7:30pm / 苗北藝文中心演藝廳
                                     Northern Miaoli Art Center
8月28日(二)7:30pm / 國家音樂廳 National Concert Hall


Friday, April 13, 2012

Good morning Los Angeles

Greetings from Los Angeles! The last two days were hectic but a lot of fun. I was most honored to be invited by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to participate and celebrate the opening of a very meaningful and creative Piano Project .

Some after thoughts from 2 most memorable concerts

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/art/lifestyle/2012/04/06/337005/Rueibin-Chen.htm

Rueibin Chen — a reluctant artist Friday, April 6, 2012 By Lin Yuting,The China Post


Rueibin Chen is an introspective yet expressive concert pianist who splits his time among many countries. (Wang Chien-yu, The China Post)


In March, Austrian-Taiwanese pianist Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌) and three young pianists with physical disabilities — Chen Bo-rong (陳柏榮), Gu Yong-kai (顧永鍇) and Zhang Yan-sheng (張晏晟) — presented two “Rueibin Chen & Friends” (愛與陽光音樂會) concerts in Tainan and Taipei, assisted by Chen's colleagues and the Motech Culture and Art Foundation (茂迪文化藝術基金會). The China Post caught up with Chen after the event.


How did the concerts turn out?


The audience was touched but thought it was too brief. They wanted more. Some cried while others held back their tears. Collaborating with the students went smoother than I expected. One student is autistic while the other two are blind. With the autistic student, we had difficulty communicating through words; I used simple, direct instructions like “OK” or “not OK.” But through music we had something in common. The blind students memorized the whole score, not only their parts but also my part. Rehearsing together was more complicated than I thought but we found a way to avoid bumping into each others' hands.


Do you think of anything before going on stage?


Nothing really. You're almost onstage! What else can you think of?


You must always be in peak condition before going on stage, because one cannot warm up backstage. You play right away when you get on. It is cruel but the audience won't sympathize.


How did you get onto the pianist's path?


I went abroad to study as a child. I studied the piano at my father's behest, and did not enjoy practicing much. Every child in my family competed in music as my father wished. There was a piano in the household when I was born, purchased not for me but for my uncle. Pianos were rare in southern Taiwan at that time; father got it third-hand. I learned to play by recognizing the patterns on the ivory keys formed due to humidity, but the pianos I played on in competitions elsewhere had pristine white keys. I practiced on the family piano until successfully auditioning to study in Vienna.


I accompanied a choir everyday for two years, and then went abroad after a year or so of junior high. Back then the Ministry of Education (教育部) still had prodigy evaluations, which gave me not funding but a student passport, which allowed me to visit my family in Taiwan without being drafted into the military.


How did studying abroad change you?


I actually did not practice that much in Vienna. Even to this day I enjoy listening to music more than practicing. There were so many art events in Vienna, more than what you can take in. My [classmates there] kept on reminding me to practice.


Almost 30 years later my dad still has not visited Vienna, but we keep in touch over the phone.


Who else has influenced you in life?


My late teacher Lazar Berman [1930-2005]. Beyond music, he told me about real-life experiences of his coming from Russia to the West, as well as about the dark side of the classical music industry. It is practically a mafia world; to be in the industry and not use the mafia approach is very difficult. Sometimes musicality ends up being entirely sidelined. ■


► Next, Chen is flying to Los Angeles to play an outdoor concert series. He is also being featured by writer Wu Jie in 'Taiwan Zan' (台灣讚), a book about Taiwan's talents and beautiful places.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Good Morning Tainan

Concert pianist and friends hit a high note

Chen Rueibin will perform today and tomorrow with three young musicians who overcame physical disabilities and learning difficulties to master the piano
By Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff Reporter Taipei Times
Ku Yung-kai, left, plays the piano with Chen Rueibin.
Photo Courtesy of Capriccio Chamber Orchestra

Concert pianist Chen Rueibin (陳瑞斌) is one of Taiwan’s best-known musical exports and his considerable success means that he spends more time performing abroad than at home. But the Tainan native, who embarked on a musical career in Vienna when just 13, has never forgotten his roots. This week he is back in his hometown for a very special project.
Today and tomorrow, Chen will perform together with three young musicians who have all battled physical disabilities and learning difficulties to achieve their high level of musical proficiency.
For Rueibin Chen and Friends , Chen will perform together with Ku Yung-kai , who has autism, Chen Po-rung , who is blind, and Chang Yan-sheng , who is visually impaired and has cerebral palsy. The three were selected from applicants from all over the country, and all have attained a high level of musical skill. Speaking at a press conference held to announce the project, Chen said that the selection process had been heartbreaking, as many of the applicants were clearly very talented, and was proof, if any were needed, that disabilities need not impair a person’s capacity to lead a full and expressive life.
“I could not make the choice myself. It was too difficult,” Chen said, adding that the applicants had distinguished themselves with their passion for music, their effort in overcoming various conditions, and their optimism in the face of adversity.
Chen said that although he was unable to spend as much time as he would have liked working with his proteges because of his international concert commitments, he did not settle for them playing works they were already familiar with. He set them “homework” and this week they rehearsed together in preparation for the concert.
“Technically they are fine,” Chen said. “But what they lack is performance experience. Things like walking onto the stage and interacting with the audience. In truth, most young musicians in Taiwan lack this kind of exposure. This is something that I can give them … Of course, I make all the demands on them that I make on myself.”
At the press conference, Ku, a music student at Tamkang High School (淡江高級中學) with a major in piano and minor in cello, thanked Chen for the great boost this opportunity had given his confidence. Chen said working with Ku had been a learning experience. As communication with words was not very effective, the music itself had to do most of the talking.
“I find when working with him [Ku] that he responds in his mind to what is going on, not to words or demonstrations. When I saw the DVD of his performance [submitted as part of the application process], he was so immersed in the music it brought tears to my eyes,” Chen said.
Chen says he would like to give his three pupils the opportunity to perform overseas. He said that currently there are only two large-scale classical music events for musicians living with disabilities, one in Vienna, the other in Osaka, and he thinks of this concert as a small step in creating a regular fixture in Taiwan at which musicians from all over the world could perform.

 

Performance notes

What: Rueibin Chen and Friends
When: Today at 7:30pm (Tainan) and tomorrow at 7:30pm (Taipei)
Where: Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Performance Hall , 332, Jhonghua E Rd Sec 3, Greater Tainan and Zhongshan Hall , 98 Yanping S Rd, Taipei City
Admission: Tickets are NT$300 to NT$4,800 for both venues, available through ERA ticketing and online at http://www.ticket.com.tw/

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inaugural Tainan Arts Festival

Tainan City gears up for inaugural arts festival

Tainan City gears up for inaugural arts festivalRenowned pianist Chen Ruei-bin, a Tainan native, will perform at the Tainan Arts Festival March 23. (Courtesy of Tainan City Department of Cultural Affairs)
  • Publication Date:02/08/2012
  • Source: Taiwan Today
  • By  June Tsai

The first Tainan Arts Festival will kick off Feb. 25, turning the temples and historic sites of the southern city, known as the cultural capital of Taiwan, into stages for the performing arts.
“The festival will combine Tainan’s historic treasures with contemporary shows, and offer top quality programs to the public,” Mayor Lai Ching-te said at a news conference in Taipei Feb. 7.
Running until June 17, the event will offer an eclectic series of programs featuring 40 top-notch artists and groups, according to the Tainan City Government.
The Eternal Golden Castle, a national heritage site in Anping District that was built in 1874 as protection against Japanese invasion, will become a performance venue for the first time, providing a stage for the multinational operatic pop vocal group Il Divo March 20, organizers said.
International musicians including vocalist Bobby McFerrin, violinist David Garrett and the Berlin Baroque Soloists will perform along with local artists, notably pianist Chen Ruei-bin, Taipei Male Choir, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe and Tainan Jen Theatre.
The Tainan municipal government and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. are offering a 25-percent train ticket discount for art lovers who wish to travel to the festival via the high-speed rail.
Shuttle buses will run between the THSR Tainan station and performance venues, as well as between Kaohsiung and Tainan. (THN)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Young Pianists at Rehearsals

You may or may not understand Chinese but music is a universal language, right?  Below please find short clips of these talented young musicians rehearsing for the upcoming concerts.



Young Pianist Chen & Not-So-Young Pianist Chen

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Young pianist Ku and his proud parents


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Taiwanese-Austrian pianist to perform with disabled teenagers


Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Taiwanese-Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen will perform with three young disabled musicians at two concerts later this week in Taiwan, event organizers announced Monday.

The unique events mark the first time that Chen, who has won many international awards, will do so with mentally or physically challenged people, they said at a news conference.

With exceptional musical skills, the three high school students were selected from dozens of teenage applicants around
Taiwan, they added.

Describing how tough it was to choose three from many talented applicants, Chen said it was really touching to listen to the recordings of their performances with his eyes closed.

"I hope the events will help the public to experience the special talent of disabled musicians," Chen said at the news conference, where he played two classical pieces with one of the students, Ku Yuan-kai, who suffers from autism.

During practice sessions with Ku in the run-up to the concerts, Chen said that the 17-year-old did not always reply to his instruction verbally, but showed his response through his musical performance.

"I felt that he was responding to my instruction with his heart," Chen said.

Chen also offered advice to the young musical talents on how to play before a large audience.

"Your music has to be heard by a member of the audience who is sitting in the most distant corner of the concert hall," Chen said.

A total of 650 free tickets will be provided for mentally or physically challenged students, as well as social welfare groups that help the disabled, the organizers said.

Titled "Rueibin Chen and Friends," the 1.5-hour concert will debut in the southern Taiwanese city of
Tainan March 23, followed by one in Taipei the next day.

(By Elaine Hou)