Kevin Chen

piano

Kevin is a member of Mount Royal University Conservatory’s Academy Program for Gifted Youth. He is currently studying with Marilyn Engle and previously studied with Colleen Athparia. He has attended numerous masterclasses with acclaimed pianists throughout the past five years, including Emanuel Ax, Alessio Bax, Katherine Chi, David Moroz, John Perry, Minsoo Sohn, and Roman Rabinovich

Being an avid composer of over 100 works including four full symphonies for orchestra and one piano concerto, five of his works were published by Palliser Music Publishing. His River Rhapsody was commissioned by High River Gift of Music Society for people who experienced the flood in 2013.

Kevin performed three concerts with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra under Rosemary Thomson in BC in March 2018. His own orchestra work Loud Sense was also performed in the concerts. In September 2017, Kevin performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under Bob Bernhardt and is invited back for two more concerts in January and May 2019.

He has been featured in a special edition of Maclean’s magazine (released on Canada Day 2016) dedicated to the achievements of more than 100 remarkable Canadians. Kevin was listed in CBC's “Top 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” in 2013, and was the only one under age ten!

Kevin achieved third place in the finals of the prestigious OSM (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) Competition in November 2015 when he was ten years old, in the 17 and under category. In July 2013, he was awarded First Place at the National Finals of Canadian Music Competition in Quebec.

Kevin was invited to play with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2015 with Roberto Minczuk. In August 2015, Kevin performed two concertos with the Vancouver Island Symphony under Calvin Dyck. The orchestra also performed his Symphony No. 3. Kevin made his orchestra debut with the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra in BC in October 2012.

In May 2013, Kevin completed his ARCT Performer’s Royal Conservatory of Music practical exam at the age of eight, being the youngest in Canada, and awarded a mark of 90, with Distinction