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Evidently, GeekCoder is touched by the haunting music of Kevin Kern, The Enchanted Garden, as played by the prodigy who won the Kevin Kern’s music competition event from my previous post. So after a search from Google, the only informative article reveal her to be a Taipei primary 5 female prodigy (2005), Chen Yanyu, that qualified to enter into world famous and established Curtis Institute of Music  (wiki) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. Surprisingly, her early years is similar to Jay Chou. She is deemed as a music idiot (since her innate music talent is yet to be developed) in her early years by her personal music tutor. However, her supportive mother who strongly believe in her gifted ability persistently seek help for her daughter to study in the best music school.

I have use Systran Language conversion to convert the chinese into English. The English conversion is definitely not foolproof, but still quite readable to understand. I can’t find her photo in the internet perhaps she want to keep her privacy. So here it is.


[Full Quote from https://67.15.34.213/dmirror/http/epochtimes.com/gb/5/4/9/n882905.htm]

台小五生陈延瑜 考上美音乐学院
【大纪元4月9日讯】〔自由时报记者胡世泽╱台北报导〕被师生喻为“台湾小贝多芬”的台北市古亭国小五年级学生陈延瑜,今年三月考上世界知名的“寇帝斯(Curtis)音乐学院”(相当于大学程度),即将于八月赴美国费城深造。

陈延瑜靠着精湛的琴艺,创下台湾国内年纪最小考上美国音乐学院的纪录,她希望长大后成为知名钢琴家,将台湾音乐带往世界乐坛。

在一般人的眼中,陈延瑜从四、五岁开始学琴,八岁就上台演奏,是个音乐天才,同学说她弹琴时慷慨激昂,状似小了一号的贝多芬,以后都叫她小贝多芬。不过,陈妈妈说,延瑜幼年时曾跟着家教老师学琴,因音乐天分尚未开窍,一度还被老师说成是音乐白痴,但她不信邪,再请另两位老师教,未料两位老师都恭喜她生了音乐天才,也怕自己能力有限,延误延瑜的学习进度。于是陈妈妈在朋友介绍下,找了东吴大学教授范德腾指导,并决定让延瑜在小三报考古亭国小音乐班。

古亭国小请来国立台湾师范大学教授林明慧指导她,林教授形容延瑜的领悟力、记忆力、学习力超强。延瑜每天晚上固定练琴两小时,例假日更长达七小时,琴艺也突飞猛进,在小四夺下巴洛克台北杯钢琴组低年级第一名、全国音乐比赛国小组冠军,往后几年更拿下多项大奖。

林明慧说,寇帝斯音乐学院是美国最好且最古老的音乐学院,美国本土第一位指挥大师伯恩斯坦即毕业于此,其名气更胜于纽约的茱丽亚音乐学院,延瑜今年三月考上之后,将成为全校年纪最小的学生。

4/9/2005 10:20:09 AM


English version (Translated by Systran and edited. Still not good enough, might at least quite readable)

[great era on April 9 news](free Times Reporter Hu Shize the ╱ Taipei report)

Chen Yanyu, who pass the exam entry for The Curtis Institute of Music, is commended by the teachers and students as “Taiwan young Beethoven” Taibei ancient pavilion country small fifth grade student Chen Yanyu, this March passes an examination of Curtis Institute of Music (to be equal world-known to collegiate grade), soon goes to the American Philadelphia in August to pursue advanced music studies.

Chen Yanyu, relying on her exquisite piano skill, sets the Taiwan record as the youngest Taiwanese to take the entry exam for Curtis Institute of Music. After she grows up, she hope to becomes a well-known pianist that help Taiwan music be recognized in the musical world.

In average person’s eye, Chen Yanyu from four, five years old starts study the piano, eight years old come on stage the performance, was the music talent, schoolmate says she played a stringed musical instrument when fervently, resembled a young Beethoven, later will be called her young Beethoven. However, Chen’s mother said that extends when the Chen Yanyu’s childhood once was studying the piano with family education teacher, because music talent not yet straightens out, once was also talked into by teacher was music idiot, but she does not believe in evil doctrines, please another two teachers teach again, has not expected two teachers both to congratulate her to live music talent, also feared that oneself ability is limited, extends delays the fine jade study progress. Therefore Chen’s mother under the friend introduction, asked Soochow University Professor Vander to leap the instruction, and decided to let her daughter take the exam for entry into “archeology pavilion country” small music class during her primary three years.

The ancient pavilion country small please come state-run Taiwan Teachers University professor, LinMeiHui, to instruct and mentor Chen Yanyu. Professor Lin described Chen Yanyu having the comprehension strength, the memory, study strength. Chen Yanyu every evening devotedly practice the piano two hours, the legal holiday date is fixedly seven hours, the piano skill also progresses by leaps and bounds, in small four seizes Baroque Taibei cup piano group lower grade first, the nation music competition country group champion, several years will take many big prizes in the future.

Professor Lin said that Curtis Institute of Music in the US has best reputation in term of history and pedigee, with Master Bernstein namely graduates from this school, and its fame even surpass Juilliard School, another famous music school. After Chen Yanyu in March passes the entry examination for Curtis Institute of Music, she will become the youngest student ever to do so to date.

4/9/2005 10:20:09 AM

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Geezer: (NM) for All Music: Through the Arbor | Sundial Dreams | In the Enchanted Garden

When I first heard these music years ago, I ask myself who could possibly compose such a beautiful and marvellous music that can touch the inner soul of every living being.

Kevin Kern (Definitely look geeky )

 

Later, I find out that it is none other than the highly-acclaimed musician and pianist, Kevin Kern, who compose and play these music instrumentally using nothing but the piano. His music is at best describe as sentimental and sincere, the style of music that especially melt the heart of every female and bring them to tear should you ever play them personally (If you ever have the talent ) . Kevin Kern produces many wonderful albums but one that truely standout from the rest is In the Enchanted Garden, Kevin’s debut album.
Just browse through the comment on this album http://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-Garden-Kevin-Kern/dp/B000001J4C and you know that it is not an ordinary album, but a extraordinary collection of beautiful music.

Kk_enchantedgarden In the Enchanted Garden, the popular album and its music that make Kevin Kern world famous.

There are some outstanding composition that Kevin Kern play with so much passion and heart that simply touch the heart of everyone listening to it. In fact, some of the composition will commonly used as a wedding music as it seem the music is appropiately created for. Even the album cover indicates so, as the garden is one of the favourite place for lover in full wedding grown will take memorable photo before officially becoming ever-lasting loving couple.

Youtube has the concert of Kevin Kern performing his signature music. These are my 3 favourite songs from the album, and I’m sure that it will be yours soon.

1) Through the Arbor
The trademark song of Kevin Kern. Clearly the most popular by miles. Frequently use in wedding ceremony and exchange oath.

 

2) Sundial Dreams
Another classic from the master

3) In the Enchanted Garden
The beautiful song that is also the title of debut album. I could not find Kevin Kern’s version of this song. Nonetheless, this girl play the music excellently though Kevin’s version (as listen from CD) is more heart-warming and closer to heart. Her action is a bit overwhelming but she’s no Mr Bean. In fact, she won first prize playing this composition with all her heart and soul. Maybe most gifted genius behave this way ? [Read later post to find out who she is]

2007年凱文柯恩鋼琴決賽第一名_The Enchanted Garden [2007 Kevin Kern piano competition winner]

Over the years, Kevin produce more albums thereafter but none is as impactful as the first album. Nonetheless, it worth to listen to rest of his albums because each album has a different theme. Check them out at his website.

 


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