New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

NZ pianist John Chen performing in Brussels

Concert-goers are promised a rare musical feat when New Zealand concert pianist John Chen comes to Brussels on Monday October 7 (19.30, Royal Brussels Conservatory).

Kiwi Music Management (Europe) presents this charming, award-winning pianist playing all 24 Preludes and Fugues in Book 1 of J.S.Bach’s 'Well Tempered Klavier'.  As organiser Mary Gow points out, though people who have grown up learning to play Bach Preludes and Fugues will be familiar with these pieces, it is a rare opportunity to hear all 24 played in one concert: “In nearly 35 years as a concert pianist and organiser, in New Zealand and Europe, I’ve never heard the whole book performed until June this year when John Chen performed this programme throughout New Zealand”.

Malaysian-born John Chen (27 now, in NZ for 26 years)) has a number of significant firsts to his name. He began his piano studies in Auckland at the age of three, won his first piano competition at the age of nine and made his first orchestral debut aged 15, performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  In 2002, aged 18, he was awarded a Masters in Music from the University of Auckland and the same year was the youngest-ever winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition.  Most recently, he won the Hamburg Chamber Music Competition.  John has performed across Europe, Asia, North America, and extensively in Australia and New Zealand, including at significant festivals such as the Klavierfestival Ruhr Germany (2005) and the Singapore International Piano Festival (2006); and has performed concertos with the major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, amongst many others. He has recorded CDs for Naxos (complete solo piano works of Henri Dutilleux) and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Debussy and Ravel).  An active chamber musician, John collaborates regularly with eminent musicians such as cellist Ronald Leonard.

For more information as well as tickets:

John Chen - Concert Pianist

Regentschapstraat 30 (Rue de la Regence 30)
Brussels 1000
Monday 7 October 2013  at 19.30

Tickets - 18 euros. ( Door sales  - 25 euros)


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