Hear leading NZ musicians in rarely performed ensemble versions of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 in Eb major “Emperor”, a selection of Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, and Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. This concert features the dynamic playing of pianist Tony Yan Tong Chen and a 22 piece chamber orchestra, directed by Peter Thomas.
This is the final concert in our series featuring five amazing pianists playing all five Beethoven Piano Concerti.
Tony Yan Tong Chen – Piano
Born in Auckland, Tony began piano studies at the age of 5 and commenced lessons on violin, trumpet, and french horn shortly after. At the age of 21, his debut solo piano album “Homecoming” has recently been conceived and released with Rattle Records. As a Young Artist, he has concertised at the Wakatipu and Akaroa Music Festivals in New Zealand, as well as at prominent venues in Switzerland, Spain, and Canada where he also studied at summer programs with distinguished musical artists.
Tony has been pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York with Prof. Alan Chow and is a recipient of the Martha Stone Scholarship, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Alice Cole piano award, and Waikanae Music Scholarship. He was the winner of the 2019 Wallace National Piano Competition and has since appeared as a concerto soloist with the Bach Musica Orchestra and Nelson Symphony. His academic accomplishments include CIE Top Achiever Award for the highest mark in New Zealand for AS and A Level Music, NZQA Scholarships in Music and English Literature, and the 2019 fall Dean’s list at Eastman. He is a graduate of Macleans College and the University of Auckland Young Scholars Program.