Most recently the artist had the honor of recording the soundtrack (including many virtuoso works by Godowsky, Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninov) for BBC Films’ “Loving Miss Hatto,” a movie about the pianist Joyce Hatto, which will be released in December. Additionally, he has just released his new album featuring the works of Chopin (available for sale here).
Archie Chen is a graduate of Indiana University, where he was a student of Edmund Battersby and Menahem Pressler and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. Among his many scholarships and awards at Indiana University were the Nina Neal Piano Scholarship and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, the school’s highest honor. Other teachers and mentors have included Alicia De Laroccha and Leonard Hokanson. Mr. Chen is currently in the final stage of a Doctorate in Piano Performance with John O’ Conor.
Many of Archie's students have won prizes at various music festivals across the country including the Feis Ceoil, Newpark Music Festival, Kilcoole Music Festival, Sligo Music Feis and Arklow Music Festival amongst others. Mr Chen was also Assistant Lecturer of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he is pursuing a Doctorate in Performance with John O' Conor. In addition Archie has also taught at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama as Assistant Lecturer of Piano and Piano Accompanying.
More information can be found at www.archiechen.com
Having Archie as her teacher has developed Elva's self-confidence and has allowed her to progress in terms of her enjoyment of the piano. Elva always leaves her lesson on a positive note….even when she hasn’t done as much practise as she might!
Rosaleen Connolly, parent