A former Piano Faculty at Eastman Community Music School (affiliated with Eastman School of Music) and Adjunct Lecturer at State University of New York at Geneseo, Chinese born pianist Dr. Chen Liang is a passionate educator and music scholar. He frequently gives masterclasses and lectures in both China and United States, and is a frequent presenter at the MTNA, CMS national conferences. Chen has also worked as an Assistant Instructor for both Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester, where he was acclaimed as “one of the most wanted piano teachers on campus”. Chen is experienced and specialized in teaching pre-college teenagers, ranging from pure beginners to international competition winners. Back in China, Chen has co- founded the “Beyond the Clouds” summer piano festival in Chengdu and has been serving as the Artistic Director since 2018.
Besides teaching, Chen is also a rising star on stages. As a soloist and a chamber musician, Chen gives numerous recitals in China and America, passing his musical inspirations to thousands of audience. As a frequent concerto soloist, Chen has played with Chong Qing Philharmonic in China, the Greece Symphony Orchestra in New York and Lynn Philharmonic in Florida. Chen is the winner of the 5th Manhattan International Music Competition in New York City, the 3rd Lira International Piano competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship Competition and the Lynn Concerto Competition in Florida. He also won top prizes in many other competitions including “Imola” International Piano Festival and Competition in Italy, Piano Texas Music Festival Concerto Competition and the Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition.
Chen received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from both Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China with Prof. Ai Zeng and Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL with Dr. Roberta Rust. He earned his MM (Master of Music) and DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of Ms. Natalya Antonova, with a music theory minor field and Advanced Teaching Certificate.
Additional Language Spoken: Chinese (Mandarin)