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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Sean Chen, 2010

MM, The Juilliard School

Sean Chen is the child of immigrants from Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MM in Piano at The Juilliard School

SEAN CHEN   is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma with Hung-Kuan Chen at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles fellowship recipient.

Raised in the Los Angeles area, Sean is the son of immigrants from Taiwan.

Sean completed college at Juilliard, where he was a student of Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. He then completed an advanced degree in piano performance in the fall at Juilliard, in preparation for a career as an internationally-touring soloist and a professor of piano.  

Sean's piano performances have won first prize in the Juilliard Concerto Competition (2008) and the prize for the Best Performance of an American Work at the Cleveland International Piano Competition (2009). He was also a finalist in the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition. 

Sean Chen is the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. He also won Third Prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. Sean was second Prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize winner at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, and prizewinner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz, Suwon City Philharmonic under Dai Uk Lee, New West Symphony with Boris Brott, and the Juilliard Orchestra under David Atherton. 

Steinway and Sons has recently released his solo album, La Valse, a product of his American Pianists Association prize

  • MM Piano | The Juilliard School 2012
  • BM Piano | The Juilliard School 2010
  • Third prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  • 2015 fellow of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts
  • 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association
Work History
  • National Farmworker Association in Choca, Colombia, 2015 Fellow