«Swiss Music Night» 2020 in the National Concert Hall, Taipei - Homage to Yehudi Menuhin
17th November 2020
On November 17, 2020, the 7th edition of the annual Swiss Music Night concerts will take place in Taiwan. Founded in 2013 by Pi-Chin Chien, this concert series has established itself as an important platform for musical exchange between Switzerland and Taiwan. The “Swiss Music Night” 2020 pays homage to Yehudi Menuhin, who became Swiss citizen 1970. The two siblings Hsing-Chwen Hsin, piano and Ming-Feng Hsin, violin, who have been supported by Menuhin since early childhood, play an attractive chamber music program together with Pi-Chin Chien with works by Paul Juon, Ernest Bloch, Fabian Müller and Felix Mendelssohn.
«Sirimadi» concert piece for violoncello and orchestra and the Rondo by A. Dvořák - National Concert Hall, Taipei, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra ESO/Gernot Schmalfusss
11th October 2020
The Taiwan premiere of “Sirimadi”, a concert piece based on a Buddhist legend for violoncello and orchestra, will take place on October 11th. The work by Swiss composer Fabian Müller was premiered in 2012 on the occasion of the celebrations of 80 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Thailand in Bangkok by Pi-Chin Chien (with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra). Antonin Dvořák's Rondo in G minor for violoncello and orchestra will also be performed. Pi-Chin Chien is accompanied by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra ESO under the direction of Gernot Schmalfuss..
Digital album at ARS Produktion - "Suite for Violoncello & String Orchestra" by Fabian Müller
7th September 2020
In September 2020 the “Suite for violoncello and string orchestra” as well as two other concertante works by Fabian Müller were released as a digital album on the German label ARS Produktion. The soloists are accompanied by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Ruben Gazarian.
CD Release «Strings on the Move»
17. May 2020
The Lithuanian fairy tale of Eglė, the Queen of Grass Snakes, is brought to life alongside the glittering Baltic Sea by Strings on the Move in Zurich as a concertino for the violoncello, four-hand piano and string orchestra, while eight classic Swiss folk songs are transported to the Lithuanian seaport.
On the CD published by the Estonian label ERP are two works of Fabian Müller, the Concertino for cello, piano for four hands and string orchestra, as well as the «Swiss Suite» for violoncello and string orchestra; with Pi-Chin Chien, violoncello, the piano duo Vilma & Daniel Zbinden, and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. On the CD are also two works by the great Lithuanian composer Eduardas Balsys. For excerpts of the music please click on the link below.
The CD was released by the label «Estonian Recordings Productions» in partnership with the «Klaipeda Concert Hall».
Confluence Music Festival 2020
2. Mai 2020
The Confluence Music Festival unfortunately had to be postponed due to the Corona crisis. It now takes place between April 10 and April 24, 2021.
Recording of the «Concertino» for cello, piano for four hands and string orchestra by Fabian Müller
20. Januar 2020
In January 2020, the recordings of two works on CD will take place in Lithuania, the Concertino for cello, piano for four hands and string orchestra, as well as the «Swiss Suite» for violoncello and string orchestra by Swiss composer Fabian Müller; with Pi-Chin Chien, violoncello, the piano duo Vilma & Daniel Zbinden, and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. The CD is expected to be released in spring 2020.
Taipei-Premiere – «Taiwan Rhaposdy» with the «Taipei Chinese Orchestra» TCO
25. October 2019
The three-movement cello concerto "Taiwan Rhapsody" written for her will perform Pi-Chin Chien for the first time in a new version for orchestra with traditional Chinese instruments. She will be accompanied by the outstanding Taipei Chinese Orchestra TCO under the direction of Li-Pin Cheng.
The concert will take place on October 25, 2019 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
September 2019 – New Album «Tea for Two Cellos»
1. September 2019
How does a tea sound? Carried by the elegiac sound of two cellos (Pi-Chin Chien & Fabian Müller), the album which will be released at the end of August (by Solo-Musica), contains sounds that transcend the fragrance and character of particularly precious teas in music.
After the great success of their album "Taiwan Rhaposdy" (Sony), Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller are now presenting another original album with culture-connecting music. Also in the present album a lot of Taiwanese has flowed into the compositions. So, one hears again and again motifs of the songs of the Taiwanese indigenous people as they are typical for example for the tribes of the Bunun or Paiwan. Some tunes may remind one of the famous song composer Teng Yu-Hsien, who was able to combine the many musical influences in Taiwan, South China, Japanese, Western, in a unique synthesis. In the elegiac pentatonic melodies, however, influences of Chinese music are also clearly audible.
Third Confluence Musikfest in Zurich
4. May 2019
Together with Fabian Müller, Pi-Chin Chien launched the "Confluence" music festival in 2017. The timeless connection of folk music and classical music and the musical encounter of different cultures is also the theme of the 3rd Confluence Music Festival. It will take place between 4 and 18 May 2019.
2018: «Taiwan Rhaposdy» at Berlin Philharmonic
15. April 2018
Pi-Chin Chien plays the "Taiwan Rhaposdy" in the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, a cello concerto in three movements based on Taiwanese folk songs composed by Fabian Müller. The CD released by Sony Classical celebrated a great success in her homeland Taiwan. Now she plays this work accompanied by the Berliner Musikfreunde Orchestra under the direction of Yukari.Ishimoto.
World premiere at the International Chamber Music Festival Avanti in Kaunas, Lithuania
11. April 2018
As part of the International Chamber Music Festival Avanti in Kaunas, Lithuania, Pi-Chin Chien plays together with pianist duo Duo Vilma & Daniel Zbinden the world premiere of the «Concertino for piano four hands, violoncello and string orchestra» by Fabian Müller. They are accompanied by the VDO Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jonas Janulevicus.
Taiwan Rhapsody with the Brandenburg State Orchestra and Daniel Blendulf
24. November 2017
Germany, Frankfurt a.d.O. - Concert hall C.Ph.E. Bach. After concerts in Taiwan and Switzerland, the «Taiwan Rhapsody» will be heard for the first time in Germany with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt under the direction of the Swedish conductor Daniel Blendulf.
Double concertos by Saint-Saëns and Pfitzner at the Murten Classics Festival 2017
31. August 2017
Pi-Chin Chien and Willi Zimmermann, violin will play the Double concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns «La muse et le poète» and Hans Pfitzner's Duo für Violine, Cello und small Orchestra op. 43 with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Kaspar Zehnder.
Swiss Music Night with Swiss cellists in Taiwan
5. June 2017
In 2017 Pi-Chin Chien invited three of the most distinguished swiss cellist for the „Swiss Music Night“ in Taiwan. It was a collaboration with the Tainan National University of Arts TNNUA, its symphony orchestra and conductor Kai-Hsi Fan. This had also an important educational effect including 2 days master-classes by the invited Swiss soloists, Thomas Grossenbacher, Yves Savary und David Riniker, giving their knowledge and experiences to the younger generation. A fulminant concert with pieces for cello and orchestra played by Pi-Chin and the invited soloists built the finale in the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
«Swiss Suite» for cello and piano released by Hug Edition, Zurich
22. April 2017
Fabian Müller wrote the "Swiss Suite" for Pi-Chin Chien, and she played the premiere it at the "Swiss Music Night" 2013 in Taiwan. The version with piano accompaniment has now been published by the Hug Edition (CD included).
Confluence Music Festival in Zurich - 2017 for the first time
21. April 2017
Together with Fabian Müller, Pi-Chin Chien founded the "Confluence" Music Festival in Zurich, which will take place for the first time in 2017. The timeless connection between Folk music and classical music, the musical encounters of East and West are topics that can be experienced between 29 April and 13 May.
Pi-Chin Chien performs in the 2016 Concert of the Presidential Office in Taiwan
19. November 2016
To show the depth of Taiwan’s musical heritage and to promote Taiwan's musical talents, the Office of the President was holding the 2016 Concert of the Presidential Office on Saturday, November 19, at 18:30 in Ching-Kuo Hall in an effort to respond to our cultural community’s call to bring back this great tradition.
Asian Premiere of Paul Juon's Triple concerto
12. March 2016
For the first time ever, the wonderful masterpiece by late-romantic Swiss composer Paul Juon was performed in Asia. The concerts took place in the National Concert Hall in Taipei and Kaohsiung in March 2016. The soloist s were Willi Zimmermann, violin, Pi-Chin Chien, cello and Pi-Hsien Chen, piano, accompanied by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder.
World premiere of «Taiwan Rhapsody» and «Six Taiwanese Songs» for cello and orchestra; Pi-Chin Chien, cello; National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO conducted by Wen-Pin Chien
24. January 2015
On 23rd and 24th of January 2015 the world premieres of both works were played by Pi-Chin Chien, cello and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO conducted by well-known Taiwanese conductor Wen-Pin Chien. Through his wife, the cellist Pi-Chin Chien, Swiss composer Fabian Müller has a strong relation with the land and culture of Taiwan for more than two decades. After several arrangements of Taiwanese folk songs for chamber music ensembles in the past years, the idea of bringing traditional songs into a western symphonic context was created in spring 2012. The result are two concerto-like works for cello and symphony orchestra: the «Taiwan Rhapsody» in three movements and the Suite «Six Taiwanese Songs» based on six traditional songs. Both works are just released on CD by Sony Classical Taiwan.
«Taiwan Rhapsody»: New CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London and conductor Wen-Pin Chien for Sony Music Taiwan
22. December 2014
Fabian Müller belongs to the most successful Swiss composers of his generation. Through his wife, the cellist Pi-Chin Chien, Fabian Müller has a strong relation with the land and culture of Taiwan for more than two decades. After several arrangements of Taiwanese folk songs for chamber music ensembles in the past years, the idea of bringing traditional songs into a western symphonic context was created in spring 2012. The result are two concerto-like works for cello and symphony orchestra: the «Taiwan Rhapsody» in three movements and the Suite «Six Taiwanese Songs» based on six traditional songs. Both works are now released on CD by Sony Music Taiwan. On this CD the works are played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pi-Chin Chien as soloist and under the direction of well-known Taiwanese conductor Wen-Pin Chien.
New CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Pi-Chin Chien and Antonio Meneses
8. May 2013
In July 2013 a new CD was released by the German label ARS production with «Dialogues Cellestes», a double concerto for two cellos and orchestra by Swiss composer Fabian Müller. It was created on the initiative of Antonio Meneses and was first performed with him and Pi-Chin Chien 2009. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Claude Villaret, who has also directed the premiere.