John Cage, Morton Feldman, Arnold SchoenbergBiography:
Concert pianist Tania Chen was born in London and was educated in the UK, USA and Sydney, Australia.
Tania has worked internationally as a performer of contemporary piano music, playing the music of American composers Cage, Earle Brown and Morton Feldman. She has premiered piano works of UK composers such as Michael Parsons and Andrew Poppy and younger composers such as John Lely. She has performed many solo concerts in the UK, Japan, Europe, USA and has made live recordings with Radio 3 and Resonance FM. She has also recorded three albums.
Tania has explored the interdisciplinary relationship between music, film, art and dance in many premieres. In 2003 she toured with Julia Bardsley and Andrew Poppy for their collaborative film project, involving performance of piano music by Poppy and film by Bardsley, which was performed live as a theatre piece in Gale Gates NYC and The Tramway in Glasgow.
In May 2007 she performed in the all night piano / film installation "Sleep" in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Tania played alongside Gavin Bryars and Michael Nyman in the marathon all-night performance of Satie's 'Vexations', with Andy Warhol's first film 'Sleep' screening in parallel.
Tania Chen is also interested in free improvisation and using improvisation as a way to create notated music; currently she is recording an album of music which she has written and created while working with improvising musicians.
She began playing the piano at age seven and was accepted at the Royal College of Music as an undergraduate at age sixteen. She took a Masters Degree in Performance Practice at Goldsmiths College where she was awarded a First Class with Distinction; she specialised in the study of Contemporary piano music, with John Tilbury . During her studies she took masterclasses with both Artur Pisarro and the late Mstislav Rostropovich