Cosmic Electronic
Pierre Charvet
Cindy Cox
Elainie Lillios
Peter Van Zandt Lane
Peng-Chian Chen
Catalog Number: 
#1 061
new classical
Release Date: 
Apr 23, 2021
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
One Sheet: 

Electrocosmia is a daring exploration of electroacoustic music for solo piano that finds pianist Peng-Chian Chen diving head first into musical worlds that are at times explosive and at others mercurial and enigmatic. 

Much of this album finds Chen striking a balance between acoustic and electronic sound. Whether that be using an electronic keyboard and an acoustic piano simultaneously, interweaving fixed media and live performance, or using signal processing to experiment with sound being created in the moment. 

Featuring works by Cindy Cox, Pierre Charvet, Elanie Lillios, and Peter Van Zandt Lane, Electrocosmia brings new energy to keyboard music being written and performed today. Each piece contributes to a growing landscape of electroacoustic concert works that defy listeners expectations and expand what concert music can mean.

A native of Taiwan, Peng-Chian Chen has gained recognition as an accomplished performer in the United States, Europe, and Taiwan. She has appeared in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall and Ramsey Recital Hall at University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Chih-Shan Hall at Kaohsiung Cultural Center, and Chung Shan Hall in Taichung City. Since 2013, she has been invited by the Hualien government to hold several lecture recitals in Taiwan. Chen has been a soloist with the Stella Matutina Orchestra led by Chia-Hong Drapal Liao, the Sewanee Festival Orchestra led by Yaniv Dinur, and the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra led by Mark Cedel. She was prizewinner at the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, the Seattle Symphony International Piano Competi- tion, and the Taiwan National Competition of Music.




"Chen’s stiletto articulation in the lickety-split, coyly altered third piece is the high point of the record, although the brooding tone poem that follows is just as tantalizingly brief." [FULL ARTICLE]