In a time of promising young virtuosos from all over the world, the Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen stands out not just for her dazzling technique, but above all for the sheer musicality and maturity of her playing, qualities rare in an artist of her young years. Her gift for getting to the musical “heart” of the scores she plays has drawn the attention and praise of such master musicians as the renowned conductor-pianist Leon Fleisher and pianists Richard Goode and Claude Frank, all of whom she studied with extensively, among a legion of other notable figures. Ms. Chen is a “thinking pianist” who has a rare ability to look beyond the notes on the page to divine a score’s musical essence.
In New York City, Ms. Chen was heard in a stunning three-part concert series with distinguished guests. The first concert, she was joined by Camerata RCO (ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam) for a performance of Mozart and Mendelssohn Concerti. In the second concert, Ms. Chen collaborated with the exceptional Miró Quartet in an all Brahms program. The series concluded with a solo piano recital, featuring the world premiere of American composer Marc Neikrug’s work Sun Moon Lake.
Ms. Chen released 2 albums in USA and Europe respectively. Her debut solo CD Diary in G, which includes Schubert’s Sonata No. 18 in G major and Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, is a testament to her superb talents as an interpreter. The longtime critic Jerry Dubins of Fanfare wrote in his glowing review, “ I can honestly say that no other performance and recording of this Sonata I’ve heard has won me over as this one has….” Her other recording with the Camerata RCO features Mozart Piano Concerto in A major K.414 and Mendelssohn Concerto in D minor for Piano, Violin and Strings. Critic James Forrest praised her playing in the disc review “…the amount of insight she brings to this music, so early in her career, speaks volumes for the inherent gifts with which she has endowed…Chen’s youth can entirely equal the playing of Argerich recorded with an additional quarter-century of years and experience behind her. Gutman Records has a winner here.”
Ms. Chen’s upcoming season includes her first tour in Denmark with Musicians of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in concertos and chamber music and concerto engagements with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Gunther Herbig; her previous season includes debut in Milan with I Solisti di Milano Classica, in addition to her debut interview and an all Schubert recording for the Amadeus magazine in Italy followed by her first recital tour in the Netherlands. Recent highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, solo piano recitals in Italy and concerto engagement at the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad Switzerland, under the artistic direction of Princess Caroline Murat and the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. She has performed as soloist with most of the major orchestras in Asia, highlights include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she made her debut under Maestro Edo de Waart, Brahms First Piano Concerto with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in a Royal Celebration Concert honoring the 86th Birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, China National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic NSO; Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Gijon in Spain, Adrian Symphony Orchestra and Kalamazoo Philharmonia in Michigan, concert tour with Camerata RCO–members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Netherlands.
Recitals have taken her to France, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Panama, India, Taipei, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah and Chicago.
Ms. Chen has performed in such festivals as La Jolla Summerfest, Verbier Festival & Academy, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival Paesaggi Musicali Toscani, Shanghai International Music Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Banff Center, collaborating with such instrumentalists as violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Ilya Gringolts, Chee-Yun Kim, David Chan, Alina Pogostkina, violists Paul Neubauer, David Aaron Carpenter and Cynthia Phelps, and cellist Gary Hoffman.
Born into a medical family, Ms. Chen advocates charity work combining the healing power of music and medicine. She led a meaningful humanitarian project in India with her father, world-renowned surgeon Dr. Hung-Chi Chen. She taught and performed under the auspices of the Mehli Mehta Foundation in Mumbai, where the ticket sale of the concert was donated to the surgical mission conducted by Dr. Chen in Aurangabad. He and his team performed about 50 surgeries free of cost to the poor and children in need who would not otherwise have access to such treatment. The collaboration of their joined forces created a beautiful story.
Ms. Chen’s musical education has included The Juilliard School and studies with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and private study with Richard Goode and Claude Frank.