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Yi-Yang  Chen 

Assistant Professor
Piano & Music Theory
423-439-6955 /
Mathes Hall 10

"Yi-Yang showed an impressive breadth of emotional investment and natural affinity for the music he played. The informed individuality and command of his performance was immediately compelling to the judges. We feel this young man has a fine future as an artist. He seems to 'own' the piano as he plays, and this makes his performance extremely powerful." Dr. Robin McCabe, the adjudicator of the 2011 Pacific International Piano Competition.

Yi-Yang Chen is the assistant professor of piano and music theory at East Tennessee State University. Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1990, Mr. Chen has been playing the piano since the age of 8. He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald and Jerome Lowenthal. Mr. Chen is currently a doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of music, where he also received the Bachelor of Music degree- studying under Douglas Humpherys. He also has solo/chamber masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Daniel Pollack, Joseph Kalichstein, Glenn Dicterow, Thomas Sauer and with members of the Cleveland, Shanghai, Borromeo, Brentano, Ying, and Guarneri String Quartets.

A wealth of experience enables Mr. Chen to become an outstanding performer. In 2017, he gave his Carnegie solo recital debut at Weill Hall, and performed two concertos with Avanti Orchestra at Washinton D.C. He played at the Taiwan National Music Concert Hall; Kilbourn Hall, Hatch Recital Hall, and the Memorial Gallery in Rochester, NY; Whalen Center – Ithaca, NY; Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center – Alexandria, LA; West Chester University/Madeline Alder Wing Theater – Philadelphia; Hahn Hall – Santa Barbara; and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He has appeared at the Perlman Music Festival, Taos School of Music Summer Chamber Music Festival, Banff Music Centre, Music Academy of the West, and Four Seasons Winter Workshop (NC).

Mr. Chen is the winner of the 2017 Washington International Competition, 2017 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, 2017 Five Town Piano Competition, 2016 High Point University Piano Competition, 2016 Hartford Chopin International Piano competition, 2013 LISMA International Piano Competition, 2013 Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, 2012 Thousand Islands International Chopin Piano Competition, 2012 MTNA National Young Artist Steinway Piano Competition, 2011 Pacific International Piano Competition (Canada), 2010 Coeur d'Alene Orchestra National Young Artist Competition. As winner of the 2012 MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Yi-Yang was given a Steinway piano and two concerts in Miami sponsored by the Chopin Foundation/USA as his prize. Mr. Chen also received top prizes at the 2016 Kerikeri International Piano Competition, 2013 Seattle International Piano competition, 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, 2012 San Jose International Piano Competition, 2010 Schmidbauer International Piano Competition.

Mr. Chen is a member of Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Mu Phi Epsilon. He enjoys swimming, biking, traveling, and composing.

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