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Chamber Orchestra and Yihan Chen Sept. 9

August 28, 2009

The School of the Arts promises 'stunning talent and a delightful repertoire,' at the Student Chamber Music Showcase. Fourteen-year-old prodigy pianist and composer Yihan Chen will perform along with the CSU Chamber Orchestra, directed by student conductor Eric Hawk.

Wednesday, Sept. 9
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts 

[Updated on 9/4/09 by School of the Arts]

This special student showcase features 14-year-old Yihan Chen, prodigy pianist and composer from China, performing his original compositions, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 1.

CSU graduate conducting student Eric Hawk leads members of the CSU Chamber Orchestra in this evening of stunning talent and delightful repertoire. The concert will take place in the Griffin Concert Hall in the University Center for the Arts

Thanks to the generosity of a donor/arts patron, the concert is free and open to the public

14-year-old composes music, loves auto races, and football

CSU's guest, fourteen-year-old Yihan Chen, a native of China, began studying piano at age 8 and began composing music at age 9.  At the age of 14, he has composed over 90 pieces including solos, duos and trios for flute, violin, cello, saxophone, piano and French horns as well as several orchestral works.

On Chen's website, the young musician writes, "I came from China in 2005. I am a 9th grader in Plainfield High School, Indiana, and I go to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on weekends to study piano and music composition. I like ATVing, watching Formula One car racing and football games, and working on computers."

 Chen's musical honors include the:

  • 2008 MTNA Indiana State Junior Piano Competition that qualified him for this year’s Piano Technicians Guild Auxiliary Scholarship
  • 2008 IMTA Hoosier State Auditions
  • 2007 Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition
  • 2006 New World Youth Orchestras Young Artist Competition
  • 2006 University of Indianapolis Young Composers Contest

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
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