Adjudicator: 2020, 2021
Born in Taipei and raised in Germany, pianist Hung-Kuan Chen has played in many of the world’s foremost concert venues: Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Tonhalle (Zürich), Herkulesaal (Munich), Sala Verdi (Milan), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Concert Hall (Taipei), Shanghai Concert Hall, The National Theater and the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing).
Mr. Chen won top prizes in the Arthur Rubinstein, Busoni, and Geza Anda International Piano Competitions, and the Young Concert Artists International Piano Auditions. He also won prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal, Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
His artistic collaborations include, among others, Christoph Eschenbach, Hans Graf, Joseph Silverstein, David Shifrin, Cho-Liang Lin, Shanghai Quartet, Andrew Parrott and his wife – pianist Tema Blackstone – his most meaningful artistic partnership.
Mr. Chen is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School, a visiting professor at Yale, and is on the faculty for Artemisia Akademie at Yale. He previously served as Chair of the piano department of Shanghai Conservatory and was on the faculty of New England Conservatory. He has adjudicated international piano competitions such as Cliburn, Busoni, Shanghai, and Honens.