New PARMA Artist: Zhen Chen

zc-1We are pleased to welcome pianist/composer Zhen Chen to the PARMA family!

We will be working with Zhen to release his debut album of compositions, ERGO, an exciting combination of Eastern and Western styles using the framework of traditional Chinese instruments alongside the piano. Zhen takes a minimalist and modern approach in composition and emphasizes emotional appeal with melodic lines and excellent tonality.Zhen received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in China as well as a masters degree in piano performance under Dr. Arkady Aronoy at the Manhattan School of Music, where he also earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano as a full scholarship recipient.

An artist of many hats, Zhen has emerged as a soloist and chamber artist in several premier music venues such as Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center. Although classically trained, Zhen has had the pleasure of working with Jeffery Milarsky and Edward Smaldone to perform and promote contemporary music. Zhen has also worked with folk artists from China to contribute to the diverse music scene of New York City.

He is also one-half of the Jade Duo, a partnership with violinist Shuai Shi. Their debut recording FAURÉ, SCHUMANN, BARTÓK Sonatas for Violin and Piano has been hailed as “a perfect balance” with “sheer beauty of tone, fluent and fluid playing, and emotional refinement.” Below is a song from the aforementioned album.

We look forward to the upcoming collaboration, and we are excited to be working with Zhen Chen!  Please keep your eyes open for details on the release of ERGO!

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