Tobacco Dock, London
31 October - 2 November 2019
Tobacco Dock, London 31 October - 2 November 2019
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Tobacco Dock, London 31 October - 2 November 2019

Belle Chen


BBC Radio 3 presents: Unclassified...Taking Influence from Classical & Pop

  • 11:45 - 12:45
  • Friday 9 November
  • Classical Music
  • The Boardwalk Room

    About Belle

    Handpicked by Brian Eno as the one to watch, Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen has distinguished herself with her unique live performances and recorded works that are unbound by tradition- often mixing classical music repertoire with recorded soundscapes.  Her creativity was celebrated through winning the classical music category of 2015 London Music Awards, as voted by a luminous panel from the UK music industry.

    Belle’s creativity as a performer has seen her grace the stages of several major UK festivals and key venues ranging from BBC Radio 3 70th Anniversary at Royal Festival Hall, 2016 Latitude Festival, The Roundhouse to Café Oto. Her work was handpicked by BBC Radio 3 as one of top 4 best new music by BBC Introducing Classical Artist in the year of 2016.

    In 2018, she is one of nine official showcase artist for Classical:NEXT, where she appears in representation of UK and Australia, and thereby becoming the first Australian artist to perform at the world's largest global art music conference. In the same year, she is elected as Associate of Royal Academy of Music for significant contribution to the music profession.

    Forever in pursuit of capturing and recreating special moments and observations through classical music and immersive performances, Belle has collaborated across various creative mediums - from perfume, multimedia, dance, to drama. She believes classical music to be a living language, and often incorporates improvisation as part of her performance.

    Belle trained at Royal Academy of Music under Ian Fountain, and has since been handpicked as a winner of Curator’s Choice for Music Award at 2014 NOISE Festival, awarded the 2014 Finalist Award for The American Prize for Music in Chamber Music, and winning the 2015 London Music Award. Belle was a piano soloist for the Park Lane Group Artists in their 2015/16 season. Prior, she trained under Oleg Stepanov in Australia.

    Since 2016, Belle has been endorsed under the Exceptional Talent scheme by Arts Council England. She has been teaching postgraduates at Royal Academy of Music in Multimedia with Piano Performance since 2014.

    Belle is currently preparing towards the release of her third solo full-length album, in which she explores adaptation of traditional music and sounds from around the world to the western piano through extended techniques and unusual set-ups.

    In 2018, Belle performs in China, South Korea, Australia, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy.

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