Music of Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, and Shostakovich
The remarkable Melvin Chen is a true polymath, having earned master's degrees in both violin and piano from the Juilliard School, a double Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics from Yale, and a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard. He studied piano with Seymour Lipkin and Boris Berman, and violin with Paul Kantor, Glenn Dicterow, and Ida Kavafian.
As a pianist he has been acclaimed for performances throughout the U.S. and in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Frick Collection, the Kennedy Center, and Boston's Jordan Hall. He has also performed extensively in Europe and Asia.
Chen is an enthusiastic chamber musician as well as a solo performer, and he is on the roster of the renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. He regularly appears at major music festivals, including Chautauqua, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire. As a chamber player has collaborated with such well-known artists as Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley, Robert White, David Schifrin, and Steven Tenenbom, as well as members of the Arditti, Orion, Mendelssohn, St. Lawrence, Miami and Borromeo string quartets.
Chen can be seen on Wynton Marsalis' music education DVD series, "Marsalis on Music" and can be heard on Discover, Nices, and KBS label compact disks with violinist Juliette Kang. He is on the Yale University piano faculty and is a visiting professor at Bard College.