Sean Chen is the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. Second Prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize winner at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, and prizewinner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz, Suwon City Philharmonic under Dai Uk Lee, New West Symphony with Boris Brott, and the Juilliard Orchestra under David Atherton.
Mr. Chen has been invited to participate in many competitions, most recently the 2013 Cliburn Competition and reaching the semifinals in the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition. Others include the 2011 and 2009 Cleveland, 2011 Seoul, 2010 Sendai, 2009 Hamamatsu, and 2008 Sydney International Piano Competitions, and the 2005 and 2010 National Chopin Competitions.
Other awards Mr. Chen has received include Juilliard's 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Juilliard's 2010 Munz Scholarship, the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship, first prize at the 2008 Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Glenn Miller Scholarship, a prize at the California International Young Artist Competition, Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Award, and a NFAA ARTSweek award.
Mr. Chen has also presented solo recitals under the auspices of the McGraw-Hill Company, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New West Symphony, National Chopin Foundation, the Scriabin society, the Ventura Music Festival, and the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California. He has also worked with composers to perform new music, such as those by Michael Williams, Nicco Athens, Michael Gilbertson, and Reinaldo Moya. He will be releasing an album of Michael Williams's solo piano works on the Parma record label.
In the coming two seasons, Mr. Chen will be performing under the management of the American Pianists Association.
Sean Chen has received his Master's and Bachelor's degree at the Juilliard School and is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with Hung-Kuan Chen at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles fellowship recipient. His former teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, and teacher-mentor Edward Francis. When not at the piano he enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.