Friday May 9, 2014 – 1:10-2:00pm, Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse
piano accompaniment Henry Chen
Yu-Chen Wang – zheng
Yu-Chen graduated from Taiwan’s Tainan National University of the Arts, studying both the zheng and composition. Performing with precision and astonishing technique, Yu-Chen has premiered numerous contemporary works by many ground-breaking composers in Asia and North America. Her own compositions blend western classical and Chinese traditional music and place the zheng in combinations of unconventional instrumentations.
Yu-Chen has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Taiwan and the US. Yu-Chen was a guest artist with Kansas City’s newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, UMKC Music Nova. She is a member of Compost Q (improvisation) and Orchid Ensemble. Yu-Chen has won numerous awards: the Gold Prize at the “Golden Lotus” International Youth Music Competition in Macau, a three-time First Prize wnner at the Taiwan National Music Competition, First Prize at the Chinese Musical Instrument Association’s Competition, and the winner of the Taiwan Young Concert Artist Competition.