October 16, in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square

Temple Square Performances announces a concert by John Chen, winner of the 2004 Sydney (Australia) International Piano Competition, in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, on Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, however, admission is limited to those eight years of age or older.

18 year old John Chen was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and moved to Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 11 months. He began his piano studies at the age of three and has been learning with Rae de Lisle for the past ten years. He is completing his Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in piano performance at the University of Auckland.

Mr. Chen recently won the 8th Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, along with a number of prizes: best performance of a 19th or 20th Century Concerto, best performance of a work by Beethoven, best performance of a chamber music work, best performance of a work by Mozart (excluding Concertos), and best performance of a work by Schubert. The prize win also includes an extensive concert tour of Australia as well as performances in international music festivals and recording contracts.

Mr. Chen was also the winner of the 3rd Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane and the 2nd Kapiti Coast Piano Competition last year. He performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Vladimir Verbitsky in September 2003.

Mr. Chen has played with the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Youth, Wellington Youth and the University Orchestras. He has also been engaged as an orchestral pianist for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and has given solo recitals extensively in New Zealand.

Program for October 16th Concert in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square:

Sonata Op. 31, No. 3 in E Flat Major by Beethoven

Impromptu Op. 142, No. 3 in B Flat Major by Schubert

Meditation on Psalm 134 by Jenny McLeod

Figured in the Drift of Starts by Gordon Kerry

Islamey 9 (Oriental Fantasy) by Balakirev