Winter Melodies and Crystal DreamsSun Dec 2 at 2pmDavenport House Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E Broughton Street
Refreshments to follow performance
Enjoy a concert of music to set the mood for the winter season in this evening in the Davenport House Museum’s Kennedy Pharmacy Building. The Savannah VOICE Festival Artists present a varied program of art song and popular music.
Presented in collaboration with the Davenport House Museum
Pei Wen Chen
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Chen graduated from National Academy of Art with a highest honor and performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 in 1990. In 1992, Ms. Chen entered Mannes College of Music and in 1994, she performed “Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninoff with the Mannes Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michael Charry. Shortly after her graduation from Mannes with a special piano award, Ms. Chen made her NY recital debut at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 1995 as a winner of New York Concert Artists Competition. Frequently performing piano duo with her husband-Alexander Paley, Ms. Chen performs annually in the “Alexander Paley Music Festival” in Richmond, Virginia, USA and in Moulin d’Ande, France.
In December 2001, Ms. Chen made her Paris debut in Salle O. Messiaen in Maison de Radio France with Concerto Pathetique for 2 pianos by F. Liszt. In 2003, Ms. Chen performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” in composer’s own one piano-four hands version and this performance was broadcasted live worldwide on “kings.org” from Seattle, USA. In March 2004, Ms. Chen performed both Mozart and Mendelssohn Piano Concertos for 2 pianos with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in Vilnius, Lithuania. In summer 2009, she returned to Taiwan and gave a gala concert for raising funds for young musicians in Taiwan in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2011, Ms. Chen performed Mozart Concertos for 2 and 3 pianos in Klaipeda, Lithuania and complete J.S. Bach Concerti for 2 pianos in Kishnev, Moldova, and in Paris. As a collaborative artist, Ms. Chen has worked with artists like Licia Abanese, Elly Ameling, Regina Resnik, Evelyn Lear, Diane Soviero, Deborah Voigt, Ruth Falcon, Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes, Olga Peretyako among others. In 1998, she joined the production of “Fedora” for Washington Opera. In addition, Ms. Chen served as a pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Productions and Amato Opera in NY for many seasons. Ms. Chen has been a member of music staff for IVAI in Virginia, CVAI in Montreal, Canada as well as a member of faculty for VOICExperience in Florida, USA.
The highlights of her performances include Schumann piano concerto with Centre Symphony in NYC; chamber music concerts in Washington DC and other cities in US and Europe; piano duo concerts in Asia, Europe and US; Bach concerti for in Lithuania and France; music preparations/conductor for few operas including “Der Schauspieldirektor” by Mozart, “The Telephone” by Menotti, “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”by Monteverdi,”Alcina” and “Ariodante” by Handel”, “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck with New York Lyric Opera; “Tosca”, “Don Giovanni”,”Manon Lescaut” with Regina Opera; Brahms No.1 Piano Concerto,Grieg Piano Concerto in New York City; Czerny piano concerto for one piano, four hands and complete Rachmaninoff music for 2 pianos in France and Lithuania; served as the official pianist for Classical Singers Magazine Competition in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Ms Chen has been a member of faculty for the IVAI, CoOperative, NYLOT summer program and Savannah Voice Festival as well as at Mannes College of Music since 1998.