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Welcome to the Reviews and Press Articles page for Archie Chen's personal website! Here, you can read what the critics have to say about Archie's work, as well as see what the press has written about him. From glowing reviews of his performances to in-depth interviews, this page has it all. So if you want to see what the buzz is about, look no further! We invite you to read through the reviews and articles below and see for yourself why Archie is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about musicians of his generation.
For me, though, Chen's drily witty performance of Alkan's Le festin d'Esope at another Dublin venue, the Hugh Lane Gallery (which house Francis Bacon's preserved studio), has stayed longer in the memory than anything else.
Michael Dervan, International Piano Magazine
A great talent, both as instrumentalist and musician... a virtuoso... and shows a wide spectrum of deep emotions and understanding for the musical structure.
Ralf Gothoni, pianist, composer and conductor
The grand gesture, whether of gorgeously full tone or daring velocity, seems to be at the heart of Chen’s approach to romantic repertoire. The eagerness with which he launched himself into the most daunting of challenges suggests a fiery temperament, and the necessary elements of technique are there to support it.
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
Archie Chen joined the Spokane String Quartet in a splendid celebration of the 200th anniversaries of the births of Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin. Chen combines a solo virtuoso's fluency and excitement with the sophistication and intelligence of an artist who thinks deeply about the music he plays. I was highly impressed by the six solos works by Chopin -- two sets of two Impromptus , the first set followed by the Third Ballade and the second by the Scherzo in B-flat minor. Chen made clear the subtle relationships among the Impromptus and between them and the larger Ballade and Scherzo at ended the two groups. Chen also showed himself to the a fine chamber music partner in Schumann's famous Piano Quintet. Chen and members of the quartet made the most of Schumann's long, lyric lines and his startling changes of mood.
Travis Rivers Senior Music Correspondent of the Spokesman-Review


The Irish Independent - 'OK Computer: raising tech-savvy children

The Irish Independent - Scaling the Heights of Love

The Irish Independent - Maestro Douglas to relive historic piano triumph

The Irish Independent - WATCH: 14 year-old Irish piano prodigy hailed as a 'Gift from God' after winning international competition

The Irish Times - Video: Watch the 14-year-old winner of the John Field International Piano competition

The Irish Times - 14-year-old Irish piano prodigy wins international competition

The Irish Daily Mail - The couple who are proof that music really is the food of love

PR Newswire - Sony Classical Releases Love & Friendship Soundtrack

Spokesman Review - Pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson work to revamp Musicfest Northwest

Spokesman Review - Unfortunate finish can’t dampen Spokane Symphony’s hopes for fall return

Spokesman Review- Spotlight: ‘Cool Yule’ changes tune for New Year’s

Spokesman Review - Fox is transformed into Hogwarts for Spokane Symphony’s ‘Ancient Tales’

Spokesman Review - Pianist Archie Chen, recovered from COVID-19, looks forward to symphony’s ‘Masterworks 6’

Spokesman Review - Symphony review: Gabrielian’s performance of Grieg piano concerto continues a recent trend of spectacular guest appearances

Spokane Public Radio - From the Studio: Archie Chen and Family

Spokane Public Radio - Archie Chen Plays Piano Music of Franz Schubert

Spokane Public Radio - From the Studio: "Steinway Stars," pianists Scott Rednour, Archie Chen, and Greg Presley

The Inlander - Spokane Symphony's 75th season to be full of memorable classics, dramatic guest conductors and diverse Pops appeal

Gonzaga Bulletin - 'Beyond the Canon': GU voice faculty singing to celebrate composers of color

The Journal of Music - The Piano Academy of Ireland's 14th Annual Summer Concert via Zoom

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg Classical Meeting: a success

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