Sean Chen

Sean Chen
Jack Strandberg/Missouri Endowed Professor of Piano

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220 Grant Hall


28-year-old American pianist Sean Chen has performed worldwide in concerto, solo, and chamber music performances. He was the third prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, recipient of the DeHaan Classical Fellowship as the winner of the 2013 American Pianists Awards, and fellow of the 2015 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts.

Throughout his performances, Mr. Chen has been able to collaborate with esteemed conductors Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, and Nicholas McGegan, and work with ensembles including the Brentano Quartet. As a result of his ability to connect with both orchestral musicians and audience members, Mr. Chen is particularly in demand for residencies that combine performances with master classes, school concerts, and artist conversations, at institutions including the Cleveland School of Music, Indiana University, University of British Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Spotlight Awards at the Los Angeles Music Center, Young Artist World Piano Festival, and several Music Teachers’ Associations throughout the country.

Mr. Chen lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Betty, who is a violinist in the Kansas City Symphony. When not at the piano, Mr. Chen enjoys tinkering with computers.