I was strongly drawn to Kristen's project because of the multi-faceted approach to her concerts, and as performers are well aware of, creating innovative programming is vital in the music and art world. With such an array of different individual talents and specializations, I wanted to help create images that could complement the aural experience with the visual - a way of putting the artist in the context of the modern world.
Praised by critics for his poetic and lyrical style, Jiyang Chen made his concerto debut at the age of seventeen with the Ruby Mountain Symphony Orchestra and performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as well as the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. He received his Master’s in Piano Performance from New York University, studying under the tutelage of Seymour Bernstein, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder as a recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the George Eastman Grant. Prior to that, he studied privately with James Winn at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a portrait photographer based in NYC. Chen is drawn to photography through its powerful storytelling capacity, and just as music is a way of painting with sound on the blank canvas of silence, he sees a photograph as that canvas for capturing the broad palette and nuanced brush strokes of his subject's story and emotions. It is an opportunity to capture moments that signify human experiences much larger than the moment itself.