Yibai Chen

YIBAI CHEN

General Management
Susanna Stefani Caetani
susanna@onlystage.co.uk

biography

Prize winner of multiple top international cello competitions, Yibai Chen is emerging as one of the most promising cellists of his generation. His playing has been described as “nothing short of remarkable”, “a flawless technique yet displaying sincere tenderness and sensitivity” and “a personal sound and true stage presence”.

Since winning the second prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition 2022, Yibai Chen embarked on his international career with numerous successful debuts and tours. Chen is also a major prize winner at the Lutoslawski Cello Competition 2018, the George Enescu Cello Competition 2018 and the Tchaikovsky Cello Competition 2019 as the youngest candidate for all categories. In 2023/24 season, Yibai Chen appears with various conductors and orchestras both in Europe and China, such as two projects with Belgian National Orchestra, with Hugh Wolff playing Shostakovich Cello concerto No.1 in October 2023 and with Joshua Weilerstein on the world premiere of Belgian composer Piet Swerts’s Cello Concerto, Martinu Cello Concerto No.1 with Samuel Aguirre/Basel Symphony in June 2024. In China, Yibai Chen will play with Long Yu/Ningbo Symphony, Vasily Sinaisky/Guangzhou Symphony, Jia Lv/Hangzhou Philharmonic and China NCPA Orchestra, Christian Elwald/Kunming Ni’er Symphony, Yu Ji/Inner Mongolia Symphony, Guoyong Zhang/Guiyang Symphony and Qingdao Symphony, Adam Fischer/Haydn Philharmonic, with concertos respectively including Elgar, Shostakovich, Haydn, Lalo and Dvorak. Also in this season, Chen and pianist Boyang Shi tour intensively in leading venues in Far East on Beethoven’s Complete Works for Piano and Cello, among the venues are Shanghai Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall, etc.

The season 2022/23, saw Yibai Chen giving impressive concerts across Europe and Asia, playing Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Belgium National Orchestra under the baton of Eivind Aadland on a Belgium tour, Korea Tour shared stage with cellist Hayoung Choi & pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort and made his Janacek Philharmonic debut with Daniel Raiskin on Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. Chen was also exclusively invited by Teodor Currentzis to be part of his newly founded Utopia Orchestra’s very first tour project in Europe. In China, Chen made his China Philharmonic debut with Maestro Long Yu on the China premiere of Korngold Cello Concerto at the orchestra’s New Year Concert. As well as with Jia Lv/Shanghai Philharmonic, Muhai Tang/Chengdu Symphony, Zhang Yi/Zhejiang Symphony and a recital tour with pianist Boyang Shi across twelve cities in China.

At Yibai Chen’s early stage, he was already invited to perform at numerous festivals and orchestras, such as Amadeus Chamber Orchestra/Agnieszka Duczmal at the “Chopin and His Europe” festival in Warsaw, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz/Eckart Manke, Gauteng Philharmonic/Gina Beukes at Brooklyn Theatre in South-Africa and was immediately invited back to perform with Cape Town Philharmonic and to give a recital in Pretoria. He has also performed at the “George Enescu Festival” with Banatul Philharmonic and the Italian composer/conductor Nicola Piovani, at the "Viva Cello” festival in Moscow with Russian Philharmonic/Maciej Tworek and cellists Claudio Bohorquez & Danjulo Ishizaka on Penderecki’s Concerto Grosso No.1 for three cellos. Brahms’s Double Concerto with violinist Ning Feng and Wuhan Philharmonic/Liu Peng. In 2021, Chen made his Shanghai Symphony Orchestra debut by playing Philip Glass’s Cello Concerto No.1 under the baton of Maestro Long Yu at the closing concert of “Music in the Summer Air” festival in Shanghai.

Yibai Chen has particular interest on both core and contemporary music which leads him into a wide repertoire list including major works by Haydn, Beethoven, Elgar, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, R.Strauss, Saint-Saens, Brahms, as well as Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Glass, Gulda, Martinu, Bloch and Korngold, etc.

Born in 2001 into a musical family in Shanghai, Yibai Chen started his musical life since he was five years old and has been studied with Professor Meijuan Liu in Music Middle School Affiliated To Shanghai Conservatory Of Music until the end of 2016. In 2017 he moved to Berlin to study with Professor Danjulo Ishizaka at the University of the Arts Berlin. Currently, Chen continues his studies with Prof. Ishizaka at the Music Academy Basel. In 2020, Yibai Chen has been appointed “Artist in Residence at Music Middle School Affiliated To Shanghai Conservatory Of Music”. The famous Henle Verlag Publishers invited Chen to be the “Henle Ambassador China 2024” for promoting their urtext music.

Yibai Chen is playing on a cello by Giuseppe Guadagnini ca .1780 - 1800 on loan of German Foundation “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Hamburg”.

press

“Yibai Chen impressed me enormously from the first moment I heard him. He is a tremendous talent!”
Daniel Hope

"Chen’s performance came down like a light, we were taken to another world."
La Libre Belgique

 

 

 

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Shostakovich Concerto n. 1

Chopin Cello Sonata

Haydn Concerto n. 1

Dvořák Cello Concerto

Beethoven Presto from “Kreutzer” Sonata

E.Granados Intermezzo