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Xi Chen


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An accomplished young pianist, Xi Chen enjoys an active career performing in three continents. From performances with major orchestras, collaborations with other musicians, solo recitals and competitions, Chen has set the stage for an impressive career.

A prize-winner of international and national competitions, he won the Third Prize and the inaugural prize for ‘Best Francis Poulenc Performance’ at the 8th Francis Poulenc International Piano Competition in France. His research on the music of Francis Poulenc has led him to present a lecture on the performance practice issues of Poulenc’s piano compositions. In addition, he is also a National Finalist at America’s Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)/Steinway Young Artists Competition and First Prize of the Eastern Division in 2013, among many other prizes in his career.

Mr. Chen has been invited to serve on the jury for piano competitions in New York, as well as staff pianist for the Eastman Young Artists International Competition 2015. He has also recorded for the W.W. Norton Company in 2015 for its publication of a music theory textbook named The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, 3rd Edition; and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble with conductor Mark Scatterday (“Trilogy”) in 2014. Mr. Chen has played and performed with renowned artists such as Jan Opalach and William VerMeulen.

He is currently a candidate of Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Douglas Humpherys, with a degree minor in orchestra conducting.