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Piano and Clarinet Young Artist Recital


Fri 30 Jul 2021, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Young Artists Tony Yan Tong Chen (piano) and Ben van Leuven (clarinet) present a program of works by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and John Psathas.

Entry/exit by Koha.
Suggested minimum donation:
$10 Adult
$5 Student

Supported by Prof. JC Richards
Proceeds support the costs of their upcoming pandemic-delayed studies in the USA and Norway.


John Psathas: Jettatura
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor
Brahms: Sonata No.1 for Clarinet and Piano in F minor


Ravel: Une Barque sur l’océan
Kodály: Dances of Marosszek
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody
Messager: Solo de concours

About the performers:

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 released with Rattle Records, supported by Prof. Jack C Richards. 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. 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. Other prizes won include Alternate Winner of the MTNA New York State Young Artist Piano Competition, and awards by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and Waikanae Music Society.

Ben Van Leuven - Clarinet

Ben began playing Clarinet in 2012, and studies with Patrick Barry at the New Zealand
School of Music in Wellington. Ben plans to commence study at the Norwegian Academy of Music in August 2021, to study with Clarinettist Björn Nyman. In 2020, he was a semi-finalist in both the National Concerto Competition, and the Gisborne International Music Competition where he was also awarded the Prof. Jack C Richards Woodwind/Brass prize. Ben is currently Principal Clarinet in both the NZSO New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and Wellington Youth Orchestra, and has also served as Principal Clarinet in the New Zealand.

Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Ben recently performed as a Young Artist at the Wakatipu Music Festival, and was a National finalist and prizewinner in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in both 2018 and 2019.

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