Press Release: May Concerts, 2011

Published: May 10, 2011

payday loans freeport tx payday loan wire transfer


Sa Chen makes a

very welcome return to São Lourenço. Her first visit in 2009 enchanted audiences with her delicate and cheapest viagra online glittering technique. On Monday May 23rd., 2011 Sa Chen will play works by Scarlatti, Liszt and Verdi. On Wednesday May 25th., 2011 she will play a Schubert Sonata and later two pieces by Beethoven.

Sa Chen was born in Chongqing, China in 1979 to a musical family. She started her musical studies with the violin at the age of five but soon switched to the piano. She first studied at the Sichuan Conservatory and then at the Shenzhen School of Arts. Her first major performance was at the age of 16 in the BBC televised final of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony. This resulted in Sa Chen being offered a scholarship at London’s Guildhall School of Music where she studied under Prof. Joan Havill.

Long considered as “one of the brightest performers of her generation” Sa Chen became the only pianist in history to have won awards in three piano major international competitions including the Crystal Prize at the 12th. Van Cliburn Piano Competition. As a soloist she has performed with many orchestras including the Berne, Birmingham and Shanghai Symphonies and Warsaw and other Philharmonic orchestras. She has played under famous conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Semyon Bychkov and Long Yu in many major capitals worldwide.

Sa Chen was among the artists featured in the 2002 Tokyo series “The 100 Great Pianos of the Twentieth Century”. She has played extensively in the USA as well as in Europe and in Asia with the Singapore Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Recently Sa Chen performed in Lisbon’s “Music Days” at the Centro Cultural de Belém.

For more information about the concert program and Sa Chen please visit and on Sa Chen’s website (

Concerts at the Centro Cultural begin at 7.30pm sharp. Wine and lemonade is served from 7.00pm. During the interval wine and canapés are served. Entry is €25 for guests and non-members. For concert bookings please call Cristina at 289395475 or send

an e-mail to

The AMIGOS is an international group of around 100 members who support the musical activities at the Centro Cultural by underwriting the concerts. For more information and membership details please visit the AMIGO’s website

JUNE 2011 CONCERTS. These will be on June 15th. and 18th., 2011 and will feature Jeroen de Groot, Violin, and Bart van den Roer, Piano.


The Centro Cultural São Lourenço is located next to the historic Church of São Lourenço, near Almancil, and holds regular exhibitions by well known artists and sculptors. It is now in its Thirtieth Year. The AMIGOS celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2010. The Vale do Lobo Group provides support for the AMIGO’s “Young Musicians” project.


Related Content


NEWSFLASH of December concert change on Dec. 7th, 2021 Dear Amigas and Amigos, It will probably not come as a total...

read more