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American Pianist, Tearing It Up

Sean Chen

Sean Chen

Sean Chen Recital, Friday at 8:00 PM


After a year-long competition sponsored by the American Pianists Association, five finalists remained; the final phase of the Indianapolis-based competition was broadcast on WFMT in the fall. LA-native Sean Chen took the highest award.

Friday’s edition of Music in Chicago presents a recital with Sean Chen.

Listen to Chen tear through Ravel’s La valse (below).

Ravel wrote almost everything he ever composed at the piano. La valse, which was conceived as a ballet for Sergei Diaghilev was an exception. Ravel and another pianist played a two-piano version for the impresario; Diaghilev famously told Ravel he had not written a ballet, “but a portrait of a ballet”—the conversation ended there; Diaghilev would not produce it; another company did. Ravel ended the friendship.

In the video, Sean Chen plays his own solo piano arrangement of La valse. It is pianistic feat.

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