Sunday, June 23, 2013


by Magazine Taiwan Tatler

[This is not a review, this is just sharing my thoughts.] How was the concert of master pianist Rueibin Chen?

If you are a music professional, you must already know him; if you simply are a classical music lover like me, then you must get to know him. Rueibin Chen, an Austrian Chinese pianist branded by the European music critiques as “A genius we only get to see every twenty years,” and “The fifth generation successor of Beethoven’s heritage.” This world class concert pianist was born in Taiwan, you must get to know him!
                                                                            April 17 , 2013 by YOURART

【這不是樂評‧是心得分享】鋼琴大師陳瑞斌 Rueibin Chen 音樂會好聽嗎?







2013臺東藝術節-鋼琴大師陳瑞斌Rueibin Chen & Friends 音樂會

時間:2013/04/27 - 2013/04/27

陳瑞斌Rueibin Chen 鋼琴大師班4月28日(日)台東舉行

時間:2013/04/28 - 2013/04/28





[華裔鋼琴家陳瑞斌傑出音樂成就 獲經文處頒獎] 洛城18台晚間新聞11162012


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.


28 November 2009 (Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town HallTickets: $150, $120, $90


Conductor:Wai Sing-fat
Guest Conductors:Wang Fujian, Aik Yew-goh
Piano Solo:Chen RueibinHuqin Solo:Wong On-yuen
Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese OrchestraSpring Melody Chorus


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

Some after thoughts from the 2 most memorable concerts

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

The China Post In March, Austrian-Taiwanese pianist Rueibin Chen (陳瑞斌) and three young pianists with physical disabilities — 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 . 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  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, June 21, 2013

Rueibin Chen Piano Recital

Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day.
As a composer, he was one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.

Rachmaninoff’s music is often used in cinema, especially themes from his second and third piano concertos, as well as the Eighteenth variation of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rachmaninoff’s melodies have also often been referenced by composers of American popular music.

At sixteen years of age, Rueibin Chen was the youngest prize winner of the International Rachmaninoff piano competition in 1984.

His masterful performances of Rachmaninoff’s complete piano concertos (including the Paganini Rhapsody Op 43) in two consecutive nights at the Taiwan’s National Concert Hall garnered significant critical acclaim. The performance was considered to be first of its kind and left a sensational imprint in the minds of the vast audience.

For the first time in Taiwan, his concert program will feature the complete Rachmaninoff transcriptions; .....Liebesfreud,liebeseid, Rimsky-Korsakoff-Rachmaninoff: Flights of Bumble bee; nocturne.....

Be prepared to immerse yourself in this journey with Ruei Bin Chen as he shares the brilliant sound and colorful melody of Rachmaninoff’s piano legacy.  

Fans Hall-Angel finger pianist Rueibin Chen

Interview with pianist Rueibin Chen as he shares his stories on learning music and experiences in international piano competition.