A piano student of David Deveau, Sitan's recital program will feature Vine, Piano Sonata No. 1; Chopin, Etudes, Op. 25.
About Sitan Chen
Sitan Chen is currently a first-year doctoral student at MIT studying theoretical computer science. He started playing piano at age six, began classical training under Janice Wong, studied under Dr. William Ransom at the Emory University School of Music in his pre-college years, and currently studies with David Deveau at MIT. A first prize winner of the 2011 AFAF International Concerto Competition, the 2010 AADGT “Passion of Music” International Young Musicians Competition, the 2010 International Chopin Celebration Concert Competition, and the 2011 American Protégé International Liszt Competition, where he was also awarded “Best Performance of a Work by Liszt,” he has been invited on six separate occasions to perform at Carnegie Hall. In 2011, he was invited to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia and to take masterclasses at Moscow Conservatory, and, as a result of winning the Georgia Music Educators Association Piano Concerto Competition, performed the same concerto as a soloist with the Georgia All-State Orchestra. A former co- president of the Harvard Piano Society, Chen has also performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition. He has won multiple first prizes at the Georgia Music Teachers Association and the Georgia Music Educators Association state solo competitions.
He has had masterclasses with artists including Marc-Andre Hamelin, Robert Levin, Yo-Yo Ma, Boris Slutsky, Young Ah-Tak, Eduard Zilberkant, and Maxim Mogilevsky. He studied with Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia, Robert Roux, and Susan Starr at the 2010 PianoSummer International Institute and Festival in New York, and studied with Boaz Sharon and Clara Jung-Yang Shin at the 2011 Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Chen is a former baritone of the Harvard Glee Club, with whom he has sung at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and later at Boston Symphony Hall under the baton of Benjamin Zander.
About Carl Vine
is one of Australia's best known and often performed composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring seven symphonies and eleven concertos. His piano music is performed frequently around the world and recordings of his music on more than 60 CDs play regularly on Australian radio. He has an extensive range of chamber music alongside various work for film, television, dance and theatre. Although primarily a composer of modern art music, he has undertaken such diverse tasks as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games (Atlanta, 1996). In his role as Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, Carl is also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Australia's most prestigious chamber music festival. Since 2014 Carl has been Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.