John Vaughan & Hsu Tse-chen – Do You See What I Hear? – Piano-duo Crosstalk Concert
“No Limits” presents two affecting piano-duo concerts by visually impaired Taiwanese artist Hsu Tse-chen and John Vaughan, a Taiwan-based American pianist who has taught him since the age of 11. They have been performing together for over a decade in humorous shows that also showcase the virtuosity of each, playing more than 150 concerts in cities.
In the 75-minute concert Do You See What I Hear?, Hsu and Vaughan play a diverse range of Western music, including classical work by Handel, Chopin, Bach and Beethoven, and also popular songs by the likes of Leonard Cohen and Pharrell Williams, interspersed with comical interludes where the two pianists “step into character”, much to the delight of the audience.
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John Vaughan is an American pianist who has been living in Taiwan for nearly 30 years. He is also a contracted associate professor at Soochow University in Taiwan .
In addition to hosting seminars on piano music since 2008, Vaughan has led masterclasses and lectures at various institutes and judged in different piano competitions. Throughout his career, Vaughan has also presented concerts and narrated productions in both Chinese and English.
In 2000, he composed the music in Finding Shangri-La, the first musical work of Stan Lai’s Performance Workshop. From 2009 onwards, Vaughan has co-produced Just Play It in partnership with the blind pianist Hsu Tse-chen. The musical comedy, which brings together classical piano music, pop music, modern xiangsheng and more, has completed more than 150 performances across Taiwan and Mainland China.
Born in Keelung, Hsu Tse-chen has been blind since birth. Gifted with a perfect pitch and natural sense of rhythm, he has studied under John Vaughan, an associate professor at Soochow University inTaiwan, since he was 11 years old. Hsu furthered his studies at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory in Austria before gaining admission to the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Following his debut at the National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taipei at the age of 14, multi-award winning Hsu has performed at some of the world’s most impressive music venues. Off the stage, he has acted as a guest host in a number of TV and radio programmes and performed in duo with Vaughan.
Hsu actively participates in charity concerts, bringing hope and happiness to others through music.
Richard Rodney Bennett
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Hallelujah I Love Her So
Beautiful Clouds Chasing the Moon
Ren Guang (arr. Wang Jianzhong)
The Fountain of Acqua Paola
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 866
Raindrop from Prelude Op. 28, No. 15
Listen to Mom
Song from the ICU
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”, first movement
“Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”
Kuai Le Song
Just be Happy
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