Pianist Jenny Chen Performs Recital of Works from Noted Lehman Collection of Music Manuscripts

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Recital Hall, pianist Yen-Yu (Jenny) Chen will perform a preview of her upcoming recital at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

Pianist Jenny Chen will give recitals in Rochester and New York City featuring works from the Robert Owen Lehman Collection of music manuscripts at The Morgan Library & Museum

Pianist Jenny Chen will give recitals in Rochester and New York City featuring works from the Robert Owen Lehman Collection of music manuscripts at The Morgan Library & Museum

Chen, who is a Doctor of Musical Arts student, will perform works from Morgan’s extraordinary Robert Owen Lehman Collection of music manuscripts. A selection of manuscripts from the collection is on display in the Library, where the installation will rotate continuously throughout the 2016-2017 season. Chen’s “Eastman at the Morgan” recital in New York City, on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., also celebrates Lehman’s 80th birthday.

The program for the recitals features Beethoven’s Alla Ingharese quasi un Capriccio, Op. 129; Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso in E Major, Op. 14; Ravel’s Jeux, d’eau; six preludes by Debussy; Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka; and, by Chopin, Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3; Etude in F minor, Op. 10, No. 9; and Nocturne in C minor, Op. 38, No. 1.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Chen started studying piano at the age of six. During her early years of study she won numerous first prizes including the Kawai Piano Competition, the Mandarin Chinese Daily Piano Competition, the Yamaha Piano Competition, the Taipei Music Competition, the Seidorf and Sons Piano Competition. and the National Music Competition sponsored by the Ministry of Education.  As a pre-college student she won the Vienna International and the Steinbach Music Competition in Canada. She received Second Prize at the 2016 MTNA/Steinway Young Artists Competition, and silver medals at the Fifth New York International Piano Competition, the Twelfth Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition, and the Henk de By Prize in the Ninth International Franz Liszt Competition in the Netherlands.

Chen’s concerto performances include engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory and Downtown Symphony Orchestras of New York City. Most recently, she collaborated with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in San Diego.

In March 2016, Chen was featured in performances and interviews as a Performance Today Young Artist in Residence, and in June 2016, performed the Brahms Quintet in F Minor Op. 34 at the inaugural Chamber Music Encounters program sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in major venues in the United States and abroad, including Field Concert Hall in Philadelphia, the Renée Weiler Concert Hall in New York City, Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, the Church of the Annunciation in Washington, D.C, Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh and Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn in the Netherlands, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.

Chen has appeared as a guest artist at many music festivals, including the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Sejong International Music festival in Philadelphia, and Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht. In addition, she was invited to perform in the inauguration concert for the Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in 2011. She has received scholarships and fellowships from the Suzanne Roberts Cultural Development Fund, the Stephen Hendel Scholarship and Fellowship, the Mary Clapp Howell Scholarship and Fellowship, the Stravinsky Awards Scholarship, Taiwan Chi-Mei Artist scholarship, and Taiwan Dong-Sung Cultural Foundation scholarship.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Chen studied for nine years with legendary pianist and teacher Eleanor Sokoloff. She recently completed a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Professor Douglas Humpherys. 

The music manuscripts from Robert Owen Lehman Collection that will be on display at The Morgan Library & Museum are, from Nov. 15 to March 12, 2017: Stravinsky, Petrouchka (1911), Bach, Prelude & Fugue, BWV544, Beethoven, Rondo a capriccio, op. 129, Brahms, Piano Concerto, No. 1, Haydn, String Quartet, HIII 83, D minor, and Liszt, Piano Sonata in B minor; from March 14 to July 9, 2017: Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2, Mozart, Symphony No. 29, K201, Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture, Chopin, Nocturne, op. 48, no. 1, Debussy, Preludes, Bk 1, and Ravel, Sonatine; and from July 11 to Nov. 12, 2017: Mahler, Symphony No. 3, Schumann, Symphony No. 2, Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Strauss, Lieder, op. 27, Schoenberg, Pierrot lunaire, and Prokofiev, Ouverture, 1925.

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