CSU Pianist Alumna to Perform at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — An award-winning pianist who earned a graduate degree from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music will make her Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall debut in October.

Tzu-yi Chen, who received an artist’s diploma from CSU in 2013, will perform in the New York City landmark’s Weill Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Her concert will feature works by Mozart, Brahms, Mussorgsky and a Taiwanese composer, Winnie Lan-yin Yang.

A native of Taiwan, Chen came to the Schwob School of Music to study with Alexander Kobrin, CSU’s L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano. In February 2013, she was invited to audition for one of the music world’s most prestigious competitions, the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. (Kobrin won the 2005 competition.)

Before arriving at CSU, Chen studied at the Paris Conservatory, claiming its prestigious Premier Prix for graduating with highest honors. She’s also won the International Piano Competition of Mauro Paolo Monopoli in Italy and the Scholarship Competition of the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta. She was also a finalist at the Darmstadt International Chopin competition in Germany. Other honors include first prize in the Georgia Music Teachers Association upper college level (2013), first prize in the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition (2012) and first prize in the Schwob School of Music's concerto competition (2012).

Chen said she first became aware of the piano at age 3, when she insisted on sitting with her 5-year-old brother during his piano lessons instead of waiting with her mother.

"I was overtaken by the music," Chen said, and she was soon enrolled in piano lessons.

After graduating from Columbus State in May 2013, Chen was hired by CSU’s Schwob school as a staff pianist and as an instructor in its Preparatory Division. She also co-founded the International Friendship Ministries' Arts Academy, teaching children and youth, attempting to draw from them what she discovered as a child. Recently, she moved from Midland to Washington, D.C., where she has been hired as music director at the capital’s Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, also pursuing performing opportunities.

Chen’s Carnegie Hall debut came at the invitation of Distinguished Concerts International New York, which regularly books performers for Carnegie Hall and another NYC landmark, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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