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Rueibin Chen to honor Rachmaninoff with Taipei concert

  1. Focus Taiwan News Channel

    Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) Taiwanese-Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen will honor the 140th anniversary of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff's birth with a Sept. 10⋯⋯ concert in Taipei, he said from the city on Tuesday.

    Chen will perform Rachmaninoff's three "Nocturnes," "Prelude in D Major, Op. 23 No. 4" and "Etude-Tableau in D major Op. 39 No. 9," along with the composer's piano transcriptions of works by Bach, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and other musical luminaries.
    "Rachmaninoff was not only a great composer, but an excellent arranger," said the pianist, who moved from Taiwan to Austria at age 13 to study music.

    Chen said that Rachmaninoff's emotionally charged music helped put him at ease during his lonely days abroad, a feeling that he hopes to share with Taiwanese concertgoers.

    "His music has the power to calm me. There was a time when I didn't see my family for 10 years, and I just put all of those emotions into playing his music," Chen told reporters.

    Chen has been playing piano since the age of five, when his father began to teach him, and eventually went on to study under the late revered Russian pianist Lazar Berman.

    He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the Republic of China in 2004 and performed at the opening ceremony of Shanghai's World Expo in 2010.
    His concert is set to be held at Taipei's National Concert Hall.


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  1. Taiwan News

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    Chen has performed all over the world to rave reviews in the international media. In Zurich, Switzerland, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung called him “one of those geniuses that come along once in twenty years. He has immense energy and intensity that is almost supernatural."
    Chen received his first lessons from his father when he was five. At 13 he traveled from Taiwan to Austria to continue his music education, becoming the only Asian student of the late Russian pianist Lazar Berman. Berman once advised Chen, "Music is the most wonderful thing in this world. Through music, many possibilities are created. You must transcend challenges and disappointments and persist to the end. It is vital that you truly recognize the beauty of music." Chen cites this as the one message that has inspired him most throughout his life.
    Chen Ruei-bin has traveled as a soloist with several orchestras from Taiwan on international tours, including the Taipei Symphony on its Asian tour, the Kaohsiung City Traditional Orchestra of Taiwan on tours of the US and Australia, and the Evergreen Symphony and Taipei Symphony on tours of China. He has also worked with many world-renowned conductors.
    In recent years, in addition to his solo recitals and orchestral performances of classical pieces, Chen has devoted a great deal of effort to collaborations and premieres of new solo and piano concerto works. Two critically-acclaimed piano concerto compositions – the Love River Concerto depicting intense feelings for the river in Kaohsiung, and Winter Trilogy, written to celebrate the heritage of Hakka music – were both composed through collaborations with Chen and premiered worldwide in performances at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Sydney Opera House and the Hong Kong Cultural Center.
    While not on tour, Chen devotes much of his time to projects that reflect both his love for music and his compassion for people. In 2012 he was keynote celebrity performer at the American Red Cross Gala in Los Angeles. That same year he organized the first National Piano Competition for Disabled Youngsters in Taiwan. The three winners realized the dream of a lifetime when they performed on stage with Chen in two large concerts. Also in 2012 he participated in a special project called "Play Me, I'm Yours" with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and a benefit concert with the Pasadena Symphony in honor of the late Mr. Marvin Hamlisch.
    Chen Ruei-bin has been closely tied to the works of Rachmaninoff throughout his career. Rachmaninoff was widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.
    At the age of sixteen Chen emerged as the winner in a competition in Italy with a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Sonata Number 2. Former New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg called Chen's interpretation of Rachmaninoff ‘perfect’, the best he had heard by a young artist in a long time.
    Chen’s widest audience was undoubtedly his performance of Rachmaninoff’s 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’ as part of the original sound track for Christopher Reeve’s movie ‘Somewhere in Time’. Now, in honor of the 140th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birth, Chen is touring worldwide performing programs dedicated to the composer. In the coming year he will tour Greater China, performing forty concerts with orchestras and solo recitals.


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