“Magnificent,” raved Frank Daykin of the New York Concert Review about Tzu-yi Chen’s Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in 2014. “She displayed not only the usual technical command one expects, but beautiful tone, total artistic involvement, deep feeling, stylistic understanding, and in an era of cookie-cutter musicians, the feeling of spontaneity, even risk, that makes an evening truly memorable, often electrifying,” wrote Mr. Daykin.
In Taiwan, At the age of three, Tzu-yi Chen idolized her older brother. She wanted everything he had and even studied his first-grade textbooks. She insisted on sitting with him during his piano lessons instead of waiting with her mother. The teacher observed this quiet, attentive toddler who showed an uncanny understanding, and soon enrolled her in private study. Tzu-yi said, “I was overtaken by the music.” Now, having lived and performed internationally, Tzu-yi is a citizen of the world and one of its best pupils. Joining ranks with some of history’s greatest musicians, she went on to study Ravel with Jacques Rouvier at the Paris Conservatory, Beethoven at Germany’s National Karlsruhe Music University, and Rachmaninoff with Russian masters. She believes that the best way to approach a piece of music is to understand the culture, the folklore and the language of its composer.
Based in Washington, D.C. since 2014, Tzu-yi teaches at the Levine School of Music and serves on the music staff at Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. In Columbus, Georgia, after earning an Artist Diploma from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, she co-founded the International Friendship Ministries’ Arts Academy to teach children and youth, drawing from them what she discovered as a child.
At the 2015 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition in Baltimore, Tzu-yi won 2nd prize, Best Interpretation, and the Béla Bartók Award. Among her first prizes are those from the Cantu and the Mauro Paolo Monopoli competitions in Italy, the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Music Club. She is also laureate at the Chopin piano competitions in Darmstadt and Taipei. In 2015, Tzu-yi earned Performance Membership at the Friday Morning Music Club in D.C. and joined the Artist Roster of the New Asia Chamber Music Society in New York. Recent performance credits include the Strathmore Mansion concert series in Maryland; the Steinway Gallery Concert Series in D.C.; the Taipei Economic Cultural Center in New York; The Auditorium at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; and concerto appearances with Space Coast Symphony in Melbourne, Florida.
In 2016-17, she will perform in Puerto Rico, in Maryland at Montgomery College, in D.C. at the Church of the Epiphany, in Yamaha Artist Center by Jordan Kitts, and in Taiwan at the National Concert Hall.