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Tony Chen Lin - Hometown Piano Recital


Fri 21 Oct 2016, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Students: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Eusebius Florestan

Christchurch pianist Tony Chen Lin returns to give a recital for his hometown audience after a national tour of more than ten New Zealand centres as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2016 Encompass Series.

Tony Chen Lin was born in China and moved to New Zealand with his parents when he was six. His first encounter with music came at the age of 12 with keyboard lessons, before advancing to piano a year later with Rosemary Stott. At fourteen, Tony made his concerto debut after winning the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition in 2002.

Winner of the 40th New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 2007, Tony completed his Bachelor of Music with first class honours at the University of Canterbury in 2009, in piano performance and composition, studying with Péter Nagy, Gao Ping, Chris Cree Brown and Elaine Dobson.

Tony gained a Master of Music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany in 2013. As part of his graduation concerts, he formed his own chamber orchestra to perform, as well as conduct, a Mozart piano concerto from the piano. Tony recently graduated from his Soloist Diploma (Konzertexamen) with distinction, while also taking part-time studies with Balázs Szokolay at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Over the past years, Tony has benefited immensely from the guidance and mentorship of the Chilean pianist Edith Fischer, a protégé of Claudio Arrau.

He has been regularly invited as a young artist at the Semaine Internationale Piano & Musique de Chambre in Switzerland. He returns again this year, appearing for the first time as a conductor. Recent highlights include performances of Bartók's First Piano Concerto in Freiburg, as well as appearing in the "Rising Stars!" Festival in 2015, performing as soloist with the Stuttgart State Orchestra.

For this hometown recital, Tony has put together a special programme, combining works from the two programmes he has played on the tour.

- Bartók - Piano Sonata Sz 80
- Tony Chen Lin - Digression (2016)
- Schumann - Humoreske Op 20
- Interval
- Schubert - Piano Sonata in B flat major D.960

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