URBANA — Pianist Moye Chen, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' 2013 Debut Artist, will perform at 3 p.m. April 21 in the Foellinger Great Hall.
Chen received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and an artist diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At the University of Illinois, Chen studies with Professor William Heiles.
An accomplished soloist, Chen has performed at the Gilmore International Keyboard, the Beijing International Contemporary Music, the Shanghai Spring Music and the Tongyeong International Music festivals.
He is a winner of the Seattle International Piano Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and the Palatino Piano and Composition Competition.
His playing also earned him an audience favorite award and a Best Performance of a Work by Franz Liszt Award at the Seattle International Piano Competition.
At his Krannert recital, Chen will perform Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in G Minor, K. 8 and Sonata in D Major, K. 214; Ludwig von Beethoven's "Bagatelles," Op. 33; Liszt's Sonetto 104 del Petrarca and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 19 (arranged by Vladimir Horowitz); Alexander Scriabin's Pome in F-sharp Major, Op. 32, No. 1 and Sonata No. 10, Op. 70; and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 (1940 version).
The Krannert Center Debut Artist award goes back to 1984, when Dean Jack McKenzie of the College of Fine and Applied Arts recognized that the performing caliber of many students in the School of Music equaled that of some of the young professional artists featured at Krannert. McKenzie, at the time acting Krannert director, and Robert Bays, then director of the School of Music, agreed that the school and Krannert together would choose a student through audition and that Krannert would present the student in recital with a full professional contract.
Beginning in 1990, the Krannert Center Debut Artist recital became a part of the Sunday Salon Series, a series devoted to the presentation of young artists in which an intimate atmosphere is created by seating audience members on stage with the performers.
All Krannert Center Debut Artists, since the very first in 1984, have remained active performers and educators. For these artists, the award has carried national impact because of Krannert's reputation for excellence.
Tickets for Chen's recital are $39 for adults, $34 for senior citizens, $15 for students and $10 for UI students and youths. Balcony seats are $10 for adults and $5 for UI students and youths.
Tickets for stage seating are currently unavailable; to join the waiting list, visit krannertcenter.com or call 333-6280. Balcony seating is still available; patrons may contact the ticket office at 333-6280 or 800-527-2849 for more information. Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-impaired may make inquiries via TTY at 333-9714.