On Saturday October 3rd, the BSO will open its 2015-2016 season with a concert featuring Van Cliburn Crystal Award winning pianist, Sean Chen. Join us in the celebration of our 84th season of exceptional music as well as Stilian Kirov’s inaugural performance as the new Music Director. The lineup for this concert includes Mikhail 11794236_10153994564310278_1299401360436811212_oGlinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.3, and Johannes Brahms Symphony No.2. You won’t want to miss the BSO’s electrifying performance with Chen!

Pianist Sean Chen

Chen is being hailed as a rising star with a “million-volt smile” and a “formidable set of fingers” (Dallas Morning News). In 2013 Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist. He also won Third Prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. The 27-year-old American pianist has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi, New West, Phoenix and San Diego symphony orchestras, and the Suwon City Philharmonic in South Korea. Last season Chen performed in recital at Jordan Hall in Boston, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, SubCulture in New York City, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and on tour in the Czech Republic. The New York Times praised Chen’s “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” of works by Scriabin and Ravel on the latter, and Los Angeles Music Examiner noted, “Los Angeles native Sean Chen has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.”

“Sean Chen performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3. In the first movement cadenza, he summoned massive, orchestral sonorities, yet he could also play with enormous delicacy. It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt that he is an artist with something to say.”

—Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer, (June 2013)


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