Music atT ST MARY'S PPerivale

Tuesday February 13th 2.00 pm

Bobby Chen (piano)

Haydn: Sonata in C major HobXVI:50

Liszt: Petrarch Sonnet 104 S 161 no5

Bach-Busoni: Ich ruf zu dir BWV 639

Bach-Busoni: Chaconne in D minor BWV 1004

Liszt: Ballade no 2 in B minor S171

Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand

Malaysian Bobby Chen studied at the Y ehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Academy of Music. He burst on the scene in 1996 with a sensational season of concerts, which included a British tour with Lord Menuhin in a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto and a recital at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the South Bank Prokofiev Festival. He has performed under conductors Lan Shui, Mathias Bamert, Maximiliano Valdés, Sir Neville Marriner, Pierre-André Valade, Giancarlo Guerrero and with several orchestras including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Sinfonia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. In recent seasons, he has played in Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall, Dublin's National Concert Hall, Singapore's Victoria Concert Hall, USA's Midland Centre of the Arts, Holland's Hermitage Amsterdam, Poland's Antonin Palace, UK's Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall, and Wigmore Hall.

In 2007, Chen gave the world premiere of a new piano concerto in London, celebrating Malaysia's 50th Anniversary as a nation. In 2008, he was one of the pianist selected for the South-East Asian début of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas Cycle in Singapore at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. A nd in 2009, he represented Malaysia in The Rising Stars Showcase Performances for the 27 th Annual Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) Conference. In December 2010, Chen founded the Overseas Malaysian Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) which took place at The Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. And in March 2011, he was awarded ‘The BrandLaureate - Country Branding Award' from The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation. Performance highlights in 2011 included his full début recital at Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, his 4th solo recital at London's Wigmore Hall, his first duo London recital with pianist Leslie Howard, and performing solo piano concerti for the 5th and 6th times with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Highlights in 2012 included his full début recital, public masterclass and radio recording in Hong Kong, being appointed a tutor at UK's Chethams International Piano Summer School 2012, being elected an Associate of London's Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), and running the Overseas Malaysian Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) at the Yehudi Menuhin School for the 2nd time.



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