Kevin Chen currently studies with Professor Marilyn Engle. At 17 years of age, he is already a prodigiously accomplished pianist and composer, an international first prize winner outperforming pianists many years older from around the world.
At age eight, Kevin took first prize in the Canadian Music Competition and First Class Honours with Distinction in the Royal Conservatory Performers ARCT exam. National recognition as one of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Top 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” and as one of “100 Remarkable Canadians” in the Maclean’s magazine followed while Kevin was still less than ten years old.
Kevin’s successes in competitive performance have gained significant momentum and international attention and appreciation. These include first prize in the Concours de Genève (November 2022); first prize in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary (September 2021) as the youngest competitor and youngest-ever winner; first prize in the Mozart International Piano Competition in Lugano, Switzerland (August 2020); first prize in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in Hilton Head, South Carolina (March 2020); and first prize in the International Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 2019).
Kevin’s success in composing for orchestra and piano is reflected in commissions, acclaimed public performances, and five published works. Kevin has been performing with orchestras since the age of seven, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Island Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian National Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.