Described by the Irish Times as a pianist who performs with “… gorgeously full tone and daring velocity… ” and whose playing “… suggests a fiery temperament with the necessary elements of technique to support it,” Chinese-American pianist Archie Chen has gained international recognition for his poetic imagination, drama and virtuosic technical prowess. International Piano Magazine hails his interpretation of Alkan at the Dublin International Piano Festival as “… a performance that has stayed longer in the memory than anything else.” Others have also described his playing as one that “combines a solo virtuoso’s fluency and excitement with the sophistication and intelligence of an artist who thinks deeply about the music he plays.” while Ralf Gothoni applauded him as “A great talent, both as instrumentalist and musician… a virtuoso… showing a wide spectrum of deep emotions and understanding for the musical structure.”

Dr. Chen’s performances have led him throughout the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Europe in such prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Gewandhaus, Vatican Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, National Concert Hall (Dublin) and concert halls throughout China. Archie’s performances have also been featured on radio and television with broadcasts in the United States and Europe and in movies including BBC Films “Loving Miss Hatto” a movie about “Hattogate” the recording scandal involving British pianist Joyce Hatto which features Dr. Chen’s performances of the fiendishly difficult Godowsky-Chopin Etudes. An active chamber musician, he also enjoys performing regularly with English cellist William Butt while collaborating with other notable musicians including trumpeters Alan Vizutti and John Wallace. Equally active as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Spokane Symphony, RTE Concert Orchestra, Washington Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Gonzaga Symphony and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Upcoming recording projects include a new disc of Liszt & Chopin with Carnegie Artists Records due to be released in 2017.

Archie Chen studied extensively with Mary Toy and was taken under the wing of Maestro Gunther Schuller at the age of 16, becoming a regular performer at the Festival at Sandpoint, working with conductors Gary Sheldon & Kevin Noe. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he continued his studies with Menahem Pressler and the late Edmund Battersby. Among his many scholarships and awards at Indiana University were the Nina Neal Piano Scholarship and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, the school’s highest honor. Following his training at Indiana University he earned his Recital Artist Diploma at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the direction of John O’ Conor and recently finished a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance, with focused research on Chopin. Other influential teachers include Leonard Hokanson, Alicia De Larrocha and Gary Graffman.

Dr. Chen enjoys teaching and feels honoured to share his knowledge with students who are passionate about music. His students have won top prizes in competitions and have been accepted to major universities and conservatories. He has also been invited to give master classes at festivals and institutions across the United States, Europe and Asia as well as being an active adjudicator at both national and international levels.

Dr. Chen received First Prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and was awarded Artist of the Year by the New York Classical Music Society in 2013. He also holds a Fellowship from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a residency program for artists to practice and excel at their craft. Dr. Chen’s performances & research is generously supported by the 2016 Arts Council Music Bursary Award.

Dr. Chen previously served as Assistant Lecturer of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the DIT Dublin Conservatory of Music and is Founder & Artistic Director of the Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy and Founder & Director of Development at the Piano Academy of Ireland.

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[New Release] Travel back through time and listen to Chopin's compositions as they should be heard on his own 1843 Pleyel live from the Cobbe Collecti...
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[New Release] Live from the Hugh Lane Gallery as part of the concert series of the Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy. Please commen...
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[New Release] A Christmas present from little Archie Chen performing from Grieg's Lyric Pieces Op. 54, No. 3, Trolltog(March of the Dwarfs) This is...
[New Release] This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Websi...
[New Release] This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Websi...
[New Release] This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Websi...
[New Release] This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Websi...
[New Release] This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Websi...
[New Release] This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Websi...
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by Archie Chen
Released 2 years ago
Piano, Classical, Live Recordings, Archie Chen, Piano Solo, Frederic Chopin, Chopin, Period Instrument
Travel back through time and listen to Chopin's compositions as they should be heard on his own 1843 Pleyel live from the Cobbe Collection in Surrey, UK. The Cobbe Collection is the world’s largest collection of keyboard instruments with direct associations to composers. Playing the Étude Op. 10 No. 4 on this instrument, one experiences a feeling of connection with the action as though one's fingers were an extension of the hammer. Donations also accepted: Bitcoin: 3Gf9DuGEVHWjw3HqDTme5ECnpPzCJDrVKw Litecoin: MBJYZ3u9tPmNJ4Nh61DSxA29cNNTQs2vk5
by Archie Chen
Released 2 years ago
Piano, Classical, Live Recordings, Chopin, Revolutionary, DIPF
Live from the Hugh Lane Gallery as part of the concert series of the Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy. Please comment and share. Donate Litecoin: MPmKm75UQSFkoYAq5UhpR1BhAmsyof1KXk My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Website: www.archiechen.com Youtube DIPF www.youtube.com/c/PianofestivalIe Youtube Archie www.youtube.com/c/ArchieChenPianist Festival Website: www.pianofestival.ie Teaching Website: www.pianoacademy.ie Piano: Hamburg Steinway B Piano Technician: Martin Walsh Recording Engineer: Joey McDonald Piano provided by Pianos Plus
by Archie Chen
Released 2 years ago
Piano, Classical, Live Recordings, Archie Chen, Edvard Grieg
A Christmas present from little Archie Chen performing from Grieg's Lyric Pieces Op. 54, No. 3, Trolltog(March of the Dwarfs) This is a studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Website: www.archiechen.com Youtube DIPF www.youtube.com/c/PianofestivalIe Youtube Archie www.youtube.com/c/ArchieChenPianist Festival Website: www.pianofestival.ie Teaching Website: www.pianoacademy.ie Piano: Steinway B Recorded at RTE Radio Centre, Dublin
by Archie Chen
Released 2 years ago
Piano, Classical, Live Recordings
This is a live studio recording made for RTE's Arena broadcast on July 20th 2017. My SoundCloud Channel: @archie-chen Official Website: www.archiechen.com Youtube DIPF www.youtube.com/c/PianofestivalIe Youtube Archie www.youtube.com/c/ArchieChenPianist Festival Website: www.pianofestival.ie Teaching Website: www.pianoacademy.ie Piano: Steinway B Recorded at RTE Radio Centre, Dublin