Hui Chen

Bachelor of Music

Lecturer in Piano

I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Music from the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. I studied with Alexandra Vinokurov (Piano) and David Miller (Accompanying) at the Conservatorium and later continued my studies privately in London with Noretta Conci.

A turning point in my career was attending a workshop in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA in 2007, where I met Barbara Lister-Sink, an internationally acclaimed performer and global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique. This was followed by two semesters of study for the Professional Certificate in Injury-Preventive Piano Technique with Lister-Sink. My extended study period was made possible by the Winston Churchill Fellowship Award.

The core of piano technique lies in having total control of the whole body and to this end, requires total awareness. I believe that all music students should be equipped with a well-coordinated and sustainable technique, one that takes into consideration biomechanical principles and a knowledge of how the body works best with the instrument.

As such, my teaching focus is on developing good coordination at the piano which promotes a sense of physical well-being while playing, enhances suppleness, speed and facility, allows for a broader dynamic range and reduces performance anxiety.

Interests

The Alexander Technique – an education program that teaches one to regain control of the body and helps to improve posture and performance.

Kinesthetic awareness is the key to a free, healthy technique. The ability to sense and control the state of one’s muscles allows for efficient muscle use. This ability, together with optimal skeletal balance and alignment make up the fundamental components of a well-coordinated technique.

Chinese traditional music – I learnt to play the “Gu Zheng”, one of the oldest Chinese plucked string instruments, popular in the Qin dynasty. It resembles a horizontal harp with twenty-one strings.

Chinese Traditional Art of Tea – I am learning the art of tea presentation, hopefully to be a Tea Sommelier one day.

Teaching

Piano at different levels – Instrumental & Vocal Studies units (MUS150, 260 and 330)for Performance majors and  Secondary Performance Skills (MUS210, 310)for students doing a second instrument or students from other disciplines doing a General Elective.

I also teach the Introductory Language of Music unit (MUS110) which students from other disciplines can take as a General Elective. This is a theory class which provides the basic rudiments of music.

Performances

Orion Piano Trio , CDU Darwin (2000, 1999)
Pianist for Darwin Symphony Orchestra (2011, 2008, 2004, 2002)
Pianist for Darwin International Guitar Festival (2005)
Australian premiere of “The Man who walked with Henslow” with violinist Spiros Santos (2009)
Various Staff Concerts at CDU

Workshops, masterclasses, and competitions

Estill Voice Training Workshops Level 1 and 2, Charles Darwin University, Darwin 2014
Sydney Piano Teachers’ Festival, including workshops and masterclasses, NSW State Conservatorium of Music, Sydney 2013
Professional Certificate Course in Injury Preventive Piano Technique, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA 2012 and 2013 - Intensive four-week courses
 Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare Conference Sydney, 2012
Accompanists’ Conference (South Australia Accompanists’ Guild) with Anthony Legge in Adelaide, SA 2010
Injury-Preventive Piano Technique – Intensive Training   one-week Workshop with Barbara Lister-Sink at Salem College, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA 2007
5th Biennial Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference,,Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane2001
30th International Workshops directed by Dr Gerald Fischbach, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane 2001
New Music Forum International Summer Courses –Piano Masterclasses with Brian Lamport
and Johann Kropfitsch – Viktring, Klagenfurt , Austria 1993
40th International Busoni Piano Competition – Bolzano, Italy 1988

Associations and affiliations

Member,  Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare
Member, Australian Society for Music Education
Former Vice-President,  NT Piano & Keyboard Teachers Association

Awards and grants

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship  2012

Chen Hui

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6398
E: hui.chen@cdu.edu.au

Casuarina Campus
Building Orange 6, Level 1, Room 5