Rueibin Chen

Pianist Chen To Celebrate Rachmaninoff In Taipei

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Taiwanese-Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen will honor the 140th anniversary of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s birth with a Sept. 10 concert in Taipei, he said from the city on Tuesday.

Chen will perform Rachmaninoff’s three “Nocturnes,” “Prelude in D Major, Op. 23 No. 4” and “Etude Tableau in D major Op. 39 No. 9,” along with the composer’s piano transcriptions of works by Bach, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and other musical luminaries.

“Rachmaninoff was not only a great composer, but an excellent arranger,” said the 46 year-old pianist, who moved from Taiwan to Austria at age 13 to study music.

Chen said that Rachmaninoff’s emotionally charged music helped put him at ease during his lonely days abroad, a feeling that he hopes to share with Taiwanese concertgoers.

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