Belle Chen wins Curator’s Choice Award
Young Brisbane pianist Belle Chen has been handpicked by Brian Eno and awarded Curator’s Choice for Music at 2014 NOISE Festival (UK). Belle’s winning work Listen, London: First Impression integrates classical music with captured sounds from London, with the aim of providing audiences of a sonic portrait of her first impression of the big city. Selected from over 5,000 global festival entries, Brian Eno has praised Belle’s work as “original and provocative… feels like a sense of discovery.” Belle is the only classical musician to be endorsed in the Music/Arts category.
Belle is a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and recently Royal Academy of Music in London. Passionate about juxtaposing and challenging the traditional norms of classical music, Belle has embraced stages across UK, Taiwan, China, Spain, and Italy with a diverse array of programmes ranging from multimedia and cross-artform collaborations to traditional classical piano recitals. Belle has recently been appointed as visiting lecturer at Royal Academy of Music and a guest curator for Royal Academy of Music’s Piano Festival. Her other recent successes include the 2014 Finalist Award at The American Prize for Chamber Music.
NOISE Festival is a national celebration of UK’s next generation of creative talent across 14 categories covering film, fashion, fine art, music, photography, graphics, new media, games, product design, comedy / spoken word and enterprise, handpicked by the best in the business.
Listen, London: First Impression is now available on iTunes and via Amazon.