Free concert sponsored by the Washington Conservatory of Music. Program: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring; Rachmaninoff's 13 Preludes, Op. 32.
Alexander Paley is widely acclaimed for his dazzling technical prowess, his exceptionally broad & extensive repertoire of concerti and solo piano works, & the depth of his unique & personal interpretations. Originally from Moldova, Paley won the National Music Competition of Moldova. After study at the Moscow Conservatory he went on to win major awards, including First Prize at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, the Bosendorfer Prize, the Grand Prix at the first International Pancho Vladigerov Competition (Bulgaria), the Grand Prix Young Artist Debut (New York), First Prize at Aiex de Vries (Belgium) & Les Victoires de la Musique Classique (France).
Peiwen Chen, from Taipei, Taiwan, graduated from the National Academy of Art with the highest honors & from the Mannes College The New School for Music in New York. Chen made her debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1995, & since then has been regularly performing solo & chamber music works throughout the US, France, Germany, & Italy. Chen has collaborated with artists such as Licia Albanese, Elly Ameling, Martha Eggerth-Kiepura, Regina Resnik, & Jon Vickers among others.