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“Classical Music is a genre that unites us all in an increasingly polarized and divisive world. We should use the ease of listening to it today to make more music for our generation. I hope to someday be able to make music of my own.”

Kansas City native Eddison Chen began taking home medals at national and international piano competitions when he was 8 years old, placing at the Chicago, Steinway, Kaufman Music Center (New York), and Music Teachers of North America, as well as the International Young Artist Competition in Washington, D.C. His grandmother was his original encouragement for starting lessons, and it wasn’t long before he was “writing random pieces of ‘music.’” He is currently studying with Steven Spooner of the Peabody Institute and 2013 Cliburn third-prize winner Sean Chen of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. He applied for the Cliburn Junior hoping to gain valuable concert experience, to learn from great artists, and to meet new friends. He says the ultimate goal and motivation of all his piano studies is “to make music that is unlike most music of today,” and hopes to one day “compose a score from a story.” Outside of the piano, Eddison likes to play chess and study math; he’s involved in Math Club at his school and is a National MathCounts finalist. He also enjoys looking at maps and measuring distances between places in the world.


Preliminary Round

BACH  Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major, BWV 872
LIGETI  Etude No. 4 “Fanfares”
LISZT Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Quarterfinal Round

HAYDN Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46 (I)
CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, op. 27, no. 2
SCHUMANN Papillons, op. 2

Semifinal Round – Recital

RAVEL “Alborada del gracioso” from Miroirs
KURTÁG Selections from Játékok
LISZT Grandes études de Paganini

Final Round – Concerto 

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43


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