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Thu apr 26
7:30 pm

Faculty Recital: Alec Chien, piano

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Alec Chien, piano

COST: Free and open to the public

Schubert: Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, D.960
Fauré: Nocturne No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op.63
Chopin: Nocturne No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op.27, No.2
Rachmaninoff (arr. Shigeta): Vocalise, Op.34, No.14
Handel (arr. Chien): "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from The Messiah
Handel (arr. Chien): "Hallelujah!" from The Messiah

Pianist Alec Chien received his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, studying under Adele Marcus. Grand Prize Winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition, and the Affiliate Artists Xerox Piano Program, he has performed in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras in countries on four continents, including Australia, Austria, People’s Republic of China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan.

Among the major symphony orchestras which he has been featured as soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He was one of the 25 Steinway artists performing at the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City to celebrate the piano company's 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. That commemorative piano has been brought to Allegheny twice for his solo recitals. Chien is also actively performing in chamber music, having appeared with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and the Ariel Woodwinds Quintet. 

Having retired in 2016 from Allegheny College where he was Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music, he had also given a 7-concert series of complete Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas and an 8-concert series featuring major works by Schubert and Chopin. A firm believer in bringing music to the community, where he was honored as Meadville’s “adopted native son,” Chien has brought his music to the Crawford County school districts, performing and speaking to students in both the high school and elementary school levels. His recitals have also been part of the Bicentennial Celebrations of the cities of Meadville, Erie and of the Allegheny College. 

Active in his community, Chien is involved in local efforts such as Partner-in-Education, chairing the Meadville Neighborhood Center and presiding the Meadville Youth Vision Released Time. He and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters – Brianna; Mikayla Trousdale with her husband Joel (and grandchildren Magnolia and Joel-Elliot); and Bethany Fields with husband Mike. In the Fall of 2013, he joined the piano faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music where he is Artist-Lecturer in Piano Literature & Repertoire for graduate piano majors.