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Phyllis Chen

Phyllis Chen

Phyllis Chen


Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist,toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers. The Oregonian states “her captivating performance was animated by unbridled inventiveness, the kind of joyous creativity that playing with toys is meant to inspire.” Phyllis’ artistic pursuits take her in numerous directions as a toy pianist Read more on Last.fm
Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist,toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers. The Oregonian states “her captivating performance was animated by unbridled inventiveness, the kind of joyous creativity that playing with toys is meant to inspire.” Phyllis’ artistic pursuits take her in numerous directions as a toy pianist, pianist, and composer, leading to her selection as a New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. Phyllis founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano and electronics. The competition has received works from composers all around the world and these compositions become an integral part of her repertoire. A strong interest in interdisciplinary work led her to collaborations with video artist and electronic musician Rob Dietz with whom she created multimedia works such as The Memoirist, Pearlessence, Chroma and Carousel.

The two of them are interested in co-creating new works that rethink the idea of live art and performance using music and visuals. Playing an instrument that has no set boundaries or genres, Phyllis has been invited to perform at a large variety of festivals and concerts, including the Chicago World Music Festival, Lotus World Music Festival as well as several distinguished keyboard festivals including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Portland Piano International. This Fall she will be making a European tour to Dusseldorf, Germany for the Approximation Festival with the German pop-duo Phantom/Ghost, as well as concerts at Madame Claude (Berlin) and the Kraak Festival (Ghent). Phyllis is a member of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), a Chicago and New York-based collective dedicated to the performance and promotion of new works. She has traveled to the west coast, England, Russia and Mexico with the ensemble. Phyllis attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award Scholarship and received a Masters Degree from Northwestern University as an Eckstein Merit Scholar. She is continuing to pursue her DMA in piano performance at Indiana University where she studied with André Watts.

Phyllis currently resides in Astoria, New York. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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