- 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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