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Krannert Center 2013 Debut Artist announced: Moye Chen, piano

From the press release:

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 2013 Debut Artist Announced:
Moye Chen, piano

The dual roles of Krannert Center as a professional performing arts center and a training facility for students reflect its mission to nurture excellence in the arts through education and presentation. Krannert Center’s long-standing commitment to young artists is uniquely strengthened by its affiliation with the University of Illinois and the School of Music.

In 1984, Dean Jack McKenzie of the College of Fine and Applied Arts recognized that the performing caliber of many students in the School of Music equaled that of some of the young professional artists featured at Krannert Center. McKenzie, at the time Acting Director of Krannert Center, and Robert Bays, then Director of the School of Music, agreed that the School of Music and Krannert Center together would choose a student through audition and that Krannert Center would present the student in recital with a full professional contract. Beginning in 1990, the Krannert Center Debut Artist recital became a part of the Sunday Salon Series, a series specifically devoted to the presentation of young artists in which an intimate atmosphere is created by seating audience members onstage with the performers. All Krannert Center Debut Artists, since the very first in 1984, have remained active performers and educators. For these artists, the award has carried national impact because of Krannert Center’s reputation for excellence.

The 2013 winner, Moye Chen, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and an Artist Diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and currently studies with Professor William Heiles at the University of Illinois School of Music. An accomplished soloist, Chen has performed at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Beijing International Contemporary Music Festival, the Shanghai Spring Music Festival, and the Tongyeong International Music Festival. He is a winner of the Seattle International Piano Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and the Palatino Piano and Composition Competition. His playing also earned him an Audience Favorite Award and a Best Performance of a Work by Franz Liszt Award at the Seattle International Piano Competition.

On his Krannert Center Debut Artist recital, Chen will perform Scarlatti’s Sonata in G Minor, K. 8 and Sonata in D Major, K. 214; Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 33; Liszt’s Sonetto 104 del Petrarca and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19 (arr. Vladimir Horowitz); Scriabin’s Poème in F-sharp Major, Op. 32, No. 1 and Sonata No. 10, Op. 70; and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 (1940 version).

Tickets and Performance Information:

Krannert Center Debut Artist: Moye Chen, piano

Sunday, April 21 at 3pm

Foellinger Great Hall

Flex: 37 / SC 32 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Single: 39 / SC 34 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

Balcony: 10 / UI & Yth 5

Tickets for stage seating are currently unavailable; to join the waiting list, patrons may visit or call 217/333-6280. Balcony seating is still available; patrons are asked to please contact the Ticket Office at 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX (527-2849) for more information. Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired may also make inquiries via TTY at 217/333-9714.

Executive Editor

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