London, United Kingdom
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Australian-Taiwanese Belle Chen is an adventurous classical pianist, who is passionately curious about how classical music can be integrated and evolve in 21st century environment. An experienced performer with many awards, Belle works in traditional concert performing contexts but also thrives on experimenting with recontextualising and juxtaposing classical music with other stimuli to bring a new perspective on existing music. Previous experimental works include integrating classical music with found sounds (Listen, London), and curating collaborations with a variety of visual artists and performing artists (manga artist, contemporary dancers, filmmaker, actors to name a few). Belle's repertoire spans from the traditional canons of classical music to contemporary and experimental music, and is currently working on her third album (which features an imaginative construction of Mediterranean ports through sound design). Belle is also the founder of both VISUALISE! Music and Eito Music.
Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen graduated from Royal Academy of Music (London, United Kingdom) in September 2013 with Master of Music in Performance with Distinction, under the tutelage of Professor Ian Fountain. A highly versatile performer, Belle’s performances have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, and China, presenting a diversity of programmes ranging from solo recitals, chamber music recitals, concerto performances to cross-platform collaborations with dancers, visual artists, and beyond. She draws her inspirations for projects from all types of sounds and music perceivable to the human ears, and as a pianist, her repertoire spans from the traditional canons of classical music to new and experimental music. Her festival appearances in recent years include: 2010 and 2011 Piano! Festival (Melbourne, Australia), 2010 Shanghai World Expo (China), 2012 Bloomsbury Festival (London), 2013 Camden Fringe Festival (2013), Teneriffe Festival, and the Queensland Youth Music Festival. Belle’s performances have also been broadcasted by Monocle 24 Radio, ABC FM, 4MBS, and Dateline (TV). Belle is the winner and recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships, amongst which include: Ruby C Cooling Prize (2007), Minnie May Bussey Scholarship (2007), Hilda Woolmer Accompaniment Prize (2009), Brisbane Women’s Club and Yvonne Haysom Bursary (2009), and the QCGU Postgraduate Award (2010). From Royal Academy of Music, she received the Dominions Fellowship Prize (2011/12) and Helen Eames Prize (2012/13). Belle was an award finalist for 2010 Australian National Piano Award. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Honours from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), where she studied under Oleg Stepanov and exited with Fred Ellaway Prize for the best graduating pianist and all piano performance prizes. With a continually expanding musical horizon and constant desire for musical challenges, Belle founded VISUALISE! (formerly Heard Behaviour), an initiative that explores how classical music is heard by 21st Century people through cross-platform collaboration between classical musicians, visual artists, and other performing artists. Highly passionate about curating thought-provoking musical and cross-platform experiences, Belle has been invited to curate multimedia installations for the 2014 Royal Academy of Music Piano Festival. Belle has been invited back to present guest lectures on multimedia and piano performance at Royal Academy of Music in 2014/2015. Belle also frequently appears with flautist Hannah Porter-Occena (USA) as the Occeña-Chen Duo. Occeña-Chen Duo’s first EP ‘New Beginnings: Australian and American Duos for Flute and Piano’ was released through Eito Music, and was nominated as 2014 Finalist for The American Prize. Belle’s solo experimental classical album ‘Listen, London: First Impression’ was also released with Eito Music in January 2014, was praised as "impressive...excellent introduction with seven original pieces focusing on the aural soundscape of what is our capital city" by The Musician, and was handpicked by Brian Eno as Curator's Choice for Music in 2014 NOISE Festival. Belle is one of the 2014 Graduate Entrepreneurs from Royal Academy of Music, and is currently the director of Eito Music. Biography accurate as at 1 August 2014 See more at www.bellechen.com