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Chen Sa
Described as “one of the brightest performers of her generation” by Classic FM, Sa Chen has worked with many celebrated conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edo de Waart, Sir Simon Rattle and Leonard Slatkin, Long Yu, Muhai Tang and Lan Shui., as well as such renowned orchestras as Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, The City of Birmingham Symphony, Camerata Salzburg and Warsaw Philharmonic. Her performances have taken her to many of the music centers of the world, including New York (Carnegie Hall), Washington D.C. (Kennedy Center), London (Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall) and Zurich (Tonhalle). She regularly tours in Japan and she was selected to perform in the prestigious Tokyo series “The 100 Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century”.

Sa Chen’s Chopin album for PentaTone Classics was released worldwide in 2008, winning The Best CD Award by Classic FM. An album of works by Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky was released in 2009 and a new Concerti disc featuring Rachmaninov Concerto no.2 and Grieg Piano Concerto was released in 2011.

In 2010, Sa Chen was awarded the prestigious Chopin Art Passport by the Polish Government in recognition of her achievement in Chopin’s music during Chopin bicentennial in 2010. She won fourth prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1996, fourth place at the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000, in addition to the Best Polonaise Performance. In 2005, she won a prize at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, and became the only pianist in history to win awards at all of these three international piano competitions. Sa Chen is also a Steinway Artist.

Born in Chongqing, China, Sa Chen began her musical studies at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and then at the Shenzhen School of Arts with Professor Zhaoyi Dan at both institutions.