Since winning the the 2019 Wallace National Piano Competition, 20-year-old Tony Yan Tong Chen has been forging a reputation as one of New Zealand’s most exciting and versatile emerging pianists. Born in Auckland, he currently studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as a recipient of the Howard Hanson and Martha Stone Scholarships.
“Here was Liszt playing of a positively blazing conviction and intensity. It is rare to encounter such a high-energy performance of this massive work that sails so close to the edge but still retains integrity. Memorable!” – WNPC Adjudicator Charles Owen
Due to the ongoing pandemic situation in the United States, Tony is residing in Auckland, completing his current semester of education at Eastman remotely online. He presents a recital at Rannoch featuring works by Beethoven, Liszt, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. Proceeds go toward the cost of his continued musical studies.
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 Beethoven
The Seasons, Op. 37 Tchaikovsky
Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 Scriabin
Années de pèlerinage II, Deuxième année: Italie, S. 161 Liszt
Winner of the 2019 Wallace National Piano Competition, 20-year-old Tony Yan Tong Chen was born in Auckland, where his teachers included Bryan Sayer, Rae de Lisle, Able Zhu, and Jenny Jung. He currently studies with Professor Alan Chow at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as a recipient of the Howard Hanson and Martha Stone Scholarships, and has also been studying with NZSM Senior Lecturer Dr. Jian Liu in Wellington. He was the winner of the regional competitions in Auckland, Te Awamutu, Hamilton, and Tauranga, and won scholarships from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Waikanae Music Society, IRMT, and Manukau Symphony. More about Tony on the Wallace Arts Trust website.
This event is part of Artweek Auckland 2020.
Fee includes opportunity to view the art.