Han Chen


Praised by the New York Times for his “graceful touch,” “rhythmic precision,” and “hypnotic charm,” pianist Han Chen has established himself in both the classical music and contemporary music worlds with his versatile programming and effortless technique. Since winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 China International Piano Competition, Chen has gained international recognition and released three solo albums under the Naxos label, featuring music by Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, and Thomas Adès. 

As a soloist, Chen has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macao Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony, China Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, and the Sendai Philharmonic, to name a few. Chen has worked with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Karina Canellakis, Nicholas McGegan, and Simon Rattle. 

An advocate for new music, Mr. Chen actively performs the music of our time. He has worked with eminent composers such as Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Lei Liang, and Nina Young, and given world premieres of works by Chin, Molly Joyce, and Jonah Haven, among others. He is a member of the New York-based groups Ensemble chappé and PinkNoise Ensemble. His online series “Migration Music” consists of interviews and performances featuring immigrant composers, with support from the Metropolis Ensemble. 

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Chen graduated from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, studying with Prof. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Prof. Wha Kyung Byun. He is now a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center with Prof. Kaplinsky and Prof. Ursula Oppens.