Pei-Wen Chen


Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Chen graduated in 1990 from the National Academy of Art with highest honors and a performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4. In 1992, Ms. Chen entered Mannes College of Music, and in 1994, she performed Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini, by Rachmaninoff, with the Mannes Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michael Charry. Shortly after her graduation from Mannes with a special piano award, Ms. Chen made her New York recital debut at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 1995 as a winner of New York Concert Artists Competition. In duo with her husband, pianist Alexander Paley, Ms. Chen performs annually in the Alexander Paley Music Festivals in Richmond, Virginia, and Moulin d’Ande, France.

In December 2001, Ms. Chen made her Paris debut in Salle O. Messiaen, Maison de Radio France, with Concerto Pathetique for two pianos, by Franz Liszt. In 2003, Ms. Chen performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in the composer’s own one piano, four hands version; this performance was broadcast live worldwide on from Seattle. In March 2004, Ms. Chen performed both Mozart and Mendelssohn Piano Concertos for two pianos with the Lithuanien State Symphony Orchestra in Vilnius. In summer 2009, she gave a gala concert raising funds for young musicians in Taiwan, at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2011, Ms Chen performed Mozart Concertos for two and three pianos in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and complete J. S. Bach Concerti for two pianos in Kishnev, Moldova.

As a collaborative artist, Ms. Chen has worked with artists Licia Abanese, Elly Ameling, Regina Resnik, Evelyn Lear, Diane Soviero, Deborah Voigt, Ruth Falcon, Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes, Olga Peretyako, among others. In 1998, she jointed the Washington Opera production of Fedora. In addition, Ms Chen served for many seasons as a pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Productions and Amato Opera in New York. Ms. Chen has been a member of music staff for IVAI in both Virginia and New York City, CVAI in Canada as well as a member of faculty for VOICExperience in Florida. She is a member of faculty in Mannes College of Music.

The highlights of her recent engagements include Schumann piano concertos with Centre Sympnony in NYC, concerts in Washington DC and other cities in the United States, piano duo concerts in France; a Bach concerti in Lithuania, as well as music preparations for operas including Der Schauspieldirektor, by Mozart; The Telephone, by Menotti; Incoronazione di Poppea, by Monteverdi; Alcina and Ariodante, by Handel; New York Lyric Opera’s productions of Tosca and Don Giovanni; Regina Opera’s production of Manon Lescault; Brahms No.1 Piano Concerto, in New York City; and in France, Czerny piano concerto for one piano, four hands, and complete Rachmaninoff music for two pianos. Ms Chen was the official pianist for Classical Singers Magazine Competition, Shanghai, March 2017. In summer 2017, Ms Chen served on music staff/faculty for IVAI, CoOperative and SavannahVoice Festival.

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