Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello
Second Confluence Musikfest in Zurich
April 21st, 2018Together with Fabian Müller, Pi-Chin Chien launched the «Confluence» music festival in 2017. The timeless connection of folk music and classical music and the musical encounter of different cultures is also the theme of the 2nd Confluence Music Festival. It will take place between 21st April and 5th May 2018.
«Taiwan Rhaposdy» in the Berlin Philharmonie
April 15th, 2018Pi-Chin Chien plays the "Taiwan Rhaposdy" in the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, a cello concerto in three movements based on Taiwanese folk songs composed by Fabian Müller. The CD released by Sony Classical celebrated a great success in her homeland Taiwan. Now she plays this work accompanied by the Berliner Musikfreunde Orchestra under the direction of Yukari.Ishimoto.
World premiere at the International Chamber Music Festival Avanti in Kaunas, Lithuania
April 11th, 2018As part of the International Chamber Music Festival Avanti in Kaunas, Lithuania, Pi-Chin Chien plays together with pianist duo Duo Vilma & Daniel Zbinden the world premiere of the «Concertino for piano four hands, violoncello and string orchestra» by Fabian Müller. They are accompanied by the VDO Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jonas Janulevicus.
Taiwan Rhapsody with the Brandenburg State Orchestra and Daniel Blendulf
November 24th, 2017Germany, Frankfurt a.d.O. - Concert hall C.Ph.E. Bach. After concerts in Taiwan and Switzerland, the «Taiwan Rhapsody» will be heard for the first time in Germany with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt under the direction of the Swedish conductor Daniel Blendulf.
Double concertos by Saint-Saëns and Pfitzner at the Murten Classics Festival 2017
August 31st, 2017Pi-Chin Chien and Willi Zimmermann, violin will play the Double concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns «La muse et le poète» and Hans Pfitzner's Duo für Violine, Cello und small Orchestra op. 43 with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Kaspar Zehnder.
Swiss Music Night with Swiss cellists in Taiwan
June 05th, 2017In 2017 Pi-Chin Chien invited three of the most distinguished swiss cellist for the „Swiss Music Night“ in Taiwan. It was a collaboration with the Tainan National University of Arts TNNUA, its symphony orchestra and conductor Kai-Hsi Fan. This had also an important educational effect including 2 days master-classes by the invited Swiss soloists, Thomas Grossenbacher, Yves Savary und David Riniker, giving their knowledge and experiences to the younger generation. A fulminant concert with pieces for cello and orchestra played by Pi-Chin and the invited soloists built the finale in the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
«Swiss Suite» for cello and piano released by Hug Edition, Zurich
April 22nd, 2017Fabian Müller wrote the "Swiss Suite" for Pi-Chin Chien, and she played the premiere it at the "Swiss Music Night" 2013 in Taiwan. The version with piano accompaniment has now been published by the Hug Edition (CD included).
Confluence Music Festival in Zurich - 2017 for the first time
April 21st, 2017Together with Fabian Müller, Pi-Chin Chien founded the "Confluence" Music Festival in Zurich, which will take place for the first time in 2017. The timeless connection between Folk music and classical music, the musical encounters of East and West are topics that can be experienced between 29 April and 13 May.
Pi-Chin Chien performs in the 2016 Concert of the Presidential Office in Taiwan
November 19th, 2016To show the depth of Taiwan’s musical heritage and to promote Taiwan's musical talents, the Office of the President was holding the 2016 Concert of the Presidential Office on Saturday, November 19, at 18:30 in Ching-Kuo Hall in an effort to respond to our cultural community’s call to bring back this great tradition.
June 01st, 2016In June 2016, the new CD of the Zurich Ensemble "Beyond Time" was released by the german label ARS-production. After the great success of the first CD "Scheherazade" the Zurich ensemble has now fully devoted to the original literature for its instrumentation: Oliver Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps", Volker David Kirchner’s "Exile", and Fabian Müller's work "In The Beginning - three attempts to invent the world" after texts by Tim Krohn (with Swiss soprano Christiane Boesiger).
Asian Premiere of Paul Juon's Triple concerto
March 12th, 2016For the first time ever, the wonderful masterpiece by late-romantic Swiss composer Paul Juon was performed in Asia. The concerts took place in the National Concert Hall in Taipei and Kaohsiung in March 2016. The soloist s were Willi Zimmermann, violin, Pi-Chin Chien, cello and Pi-Hsien Chen, piano, accompanied by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder.
Ensemble Kandinsky performs at Tate Modern, London
June 15th, 2015To coincide with the upcoming Agnes Martin exhibition at Tate Modern this summer, the Ensemble Kandinsky Switzerland will perform on 15 June 2015 in the exhibition itself compositions by Toru Takemitsu, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arvo Pärt and Maurice Ravel.
New CD-release at ARS-Produktion with soloists Kamilla Schatz, violin and Pi-Chin Chien, cello, accompanied by the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt conducted by Ruben Gazarian
May 22nd, 2015In January 2015, the first concert of the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt took place under its new leadership, the Armenian conductor Ruben Gazarian. The program was entirely devoted to the Swiss composers. An audiophile CD has now been released on the German label ARS Produktion. On this recording is Fabian Müller`s «Concerto per Klee» for cello, string orchestra and two horns, as well as two transcriptions by Fabian Müller, Ernest Bloch`s «Baal Shem» orchestrated for violin and string orchestra, and the Suite op 89 by Paul Juon arranged for violin, cello and string orchestra. The main work on the CD is Arthur Honegger`s Symphony No. 2.
World premiere of «Taiwan Rhapsody» and «Six Taiwanese Songs» for cello and orchestra; Pi-Chin Chien, cello; National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO conducted by Wen-Pin Chien
January 24th, 2015On 23rd and 24th of January 2015 the world premieres of both works were played by Pi-Chin Chien, cello and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO conducted by well-known Taiwanese conductor Wen-Pin Chien. Through his wife, the cellist Pi-Chin Chien, Swiss composer Fabian Müller has a strong relation with the land and culture of Taiwan for more than two decades. After several arrangements of Taiwanese folk songs for chamber music ensembles in the past years, the idea of bringing traditional songs into a western symphonic context was created in spring 2012. The result are two concerto-like works for cello and symphony orchestra: the «Taiwan Rhapsody» in three movements and the Suite «Six Taiwanese Songs» based on six traditional songs. Both works are just released on CD by Sony Classical Taiwan.
«Taiwan Rhapsody»: New CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London and conductor Wen-Pin Chien for Sony Music Taiwan
December 22nd, 2014Fabian Müller belongs to the most successful Swiss composers of his generation. Through his wife, the cellist Pi-Chin Chien, Fabian Müller has a strong relation with the land and culture of Taiwan for more than two decades. After several arrangements of Taiwanese folk songs for chamber music ensembles in the past years, the idea of bringing traditional songs into a western symphonic context was created in spring 2012. The result are two concerto-like works for cello and symphony orchestra: the «Taiwan Rhapsody» in three movements and the Suite «Six Taiwanese Songs» based on six traditional songs. Both works are now released on CD by Sony Music Taiwan. On this CD the works are played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pi-Chin Chien as soloist and under the direction of well-known Taiwanese conductor Wen-Pin Chien.
January 23 and 24, 2015: World premiere of both works with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO .
New CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Pi-Chin Chien and Antonio Meneses
May 08th, 2013In July 2013 a new CD was released by the German label ARS production with «Dialogues Cellestes», a double concerto for two cellos and orchestra by Swiss composer Fabian Müller. It was created on the initiative of Antonio Meneses and was first performed with him and Pi-Chin Chien 2009. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Claude Villaret, who has also directed the premiere.
Piano Trios by L.v. Beethoven Vol. 2 with the European Fine Arts Trio
May 07th, 2013The label Guild just released their second CD with works for piano trio by L.v. Beethoven. The European Fine Arts Trio sheds new light on these works with an interpretation, which it is based entirely on the notes of Beethoven's pupil Carl Czerny. On Volume 2 are the Piano Trio, Op 1 as well as das «Archduke Trio», Op 97.
«Dialogues Cellestes» on YouTube
July 07th, 2012New Youtube movies of the Taiwan premiere of "Dialogues Cellestes" with Antonio Meneses and the "Evergreen Symphony Orchestra", conducted by Gernot Schmalfuss, and the premiere of "Sirimadi" for cello and orchestra with the "Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra", conducted by Claude Villaret are now online. Click on video.
World Premiere of «Sirimadi» for Cello and Orchestra with Pi-Chin Chien and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
June 01st, 2012The Swiss Embassy in Thailand was celebrating 80 years of diplomatic relationship between the two countries. As part of this celebration a new cello concerto written for the «Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra» had its world premiere. The approximately 25-minute work in one movement is inspired by the old Thai tale about the Queen Sirimadi. The «Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra» was be conducted by Claude Villaret.