Classical Concerts On The Hill Presents Artistry Defined: Xiao Chen In Concert


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Hillcrest Center for the Arts

 

 

 

 

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Hillcrest Center for the Arts presents Artistry Defined, featuring pianist Xiao Chen In Concert on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, across from The Oaks Mall.  Ms. Chen received her Master of Music degree from Julliard and her doctorate in Musical Arts from UCLA.   The afternoon features classical favorites performed in an intimate setting. 

            Concert pianist, Xiao Chen, is a frequent recitalist and concert artist throughout the U.S., China, and Europe. She has performed concerts in Carnegie Hall, Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Chen is the winner of The American Prize, Frances Walton Competition, and the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition among many other prestigious awards. Performance will include works from Joseph Haydn, Beethoven, Gershwin, Richard Danielpour, and Johannes Brahms.

            This concert is the first of a full concert series that will feature classical music at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, beginning in Fall of 2019. The goal of the series is to provide world-class chamber groups and soloists to local audiences in an intimate setting.  All concerts will feature reserved seating with tickets that are affordably priced and reduced tickets for students and seniors.   New Artistic Director of the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Classical Concerts on the Hill, Gulia Gurevich, lives in Thousand Oaks with her family.  She actively performs and teaches locally as well as across the United States and internationally.  “I am thrilled to be able to bring world class, award winning musicians to Thousand Oaks,” says Gurevich.  “The facilities here at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts are beautiful.”

            Artistry Defined:  Xiao Chen in Concert reserved seating tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.  Tickets may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (805) 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

 

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ARTISTRY DEFINED: XIAO CHEN IN CONCERT

 

WHAT:  Concert pianist, Xiao Chen, is a frequent recitalist and concert artist throughout the U.S., China, and Europe. She has performed concerts in Carnegie Hall, Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Chen is the winner of The American Prize, Frances Walton Competition, and the Carmel Music Society Piano Competition among many other prestigious awards. Performance will include works from Joseph Haydn, Beethoven, Gershwin, Richard Danielpour, and Johannes Brahms.

 

WHEN:  Saturday, April 13, 2019

Show begins at 5:00 pm

 

WHERE:  Hillcrest Center for the Arts – Patio under the Stars

403 W. Hillcrest Drive

Thousand Oaks, CA

HOW:  (805) 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com 

TICKETS
Reserved seating: $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

 

OTHER: 
Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246.  

 

 

Complete Bio for Xiao Chen

Chinese-born pianist Xiao Chen is actively engaged as a solo and chamber musician. She currently serves as principal musician at UCLA and music coach at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School and doctoral degree from University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Chen is a frequent recitalist and concert artist throughout the U.S., China, and Europe. She has performed concerts in Carnegie Hall, Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Her solo recital in Shanghai Concert Hall was well received and interviewed by Shanghai Youth Daily (“Her energetic, exquisite, breathtaking performance… impressed the audience”). Peninsula Reviews also praises her playing as “knock-out performance, and one we would love to hear again.” Her performance of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto with UCLA Symphony was the highlight of the concert season.

            She is the prize winner of many competitions including The American Prize, Frances Walton competition, Carmel Music Society Piano Competition, American   Protege International Competition, The Muse International Competition, ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition China Regional Competition. As a winner of Frances Walton Competition, she played a concert tour in Washington State and performed a solo piano program on radio live broadcast concert at Classical KING FM 98.1. She also serves as jury in many music and piano competitions, including New West Symphony Piano Competition in Los Angeles, “Pearl River Keyserburg” International Youth Piano Competition, and Hainan Airline Piano Competition.

            Ms. Chen founded and directed the Los Angeles Young Virtuoso International Music Festival in 2018 in Azusa Pacific University. She created the festival to provide performing and learning opportunities to students from all over the world. She has recorded for Yamaha’s Disklavier Educational Network and Scott Joplin Piano Works Archive. She has been invited to perform in numerous music festivals including The Morningside Bridge Summer Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Pianofest Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, and Italy Perugia Music Fest. Over the years, she has worked with such renowned pianists as Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Wu Han, Gloria Cheng, Ann Schein, Paul Schenly, Joseph Lin, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and Shanghai Quartet.

            Ms. Chen received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Inna Faliks from University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She attended Bard College with a double major – Receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under Melvin Chen from Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from Bard College. Additionally, Ms. Chen has appeared in outreach tours. In 2017, she went to 20 schools in Washington States and performed for more than 2000 students. She also often collaborated with Education Through Music – Los Angeles and taught in different schools. In addition, as part of UCLA Gluck Ensemble, she has performed in numerous schools and senior centers in Los Angeles.

            Ms. Chen is also an experienced teacher. She often teaches among universities in Los Angeles. She has taught piano major students at UCLA, and coached music major students in Mount Saint Mary’s University. She also often gave talks and performances in Santa Monica Emeritus College. In addition, she was invited to present a two-hour lecture on “Art of listening” in Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. She currently also serves on the faculty of Piano4Everyone Music School.

            In 2019, Ms. Chen will release her new solo piano album with SHEVA Collection.

 


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