Celtic & Jazz pianist
Based in Ottawa, Ontario
Tyson is a Celtic & Jazz pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher based in Ottawa, Ontario.
Tyson currently performs an eclectic mix of musical styles including Celtic, popular, classical, and jazz. He complements his solo and group performances by teaching workshops and private lessons with a focus on Cape Breton piano accompaniment. Audiences, musicians, and students are drawn to his vibrant piano performances, engaging personality, and professionalism.
Growing up, he studied classical and popular music in Ottawa. For 8 years he lived and breathed Celtic music in the heart of Cape Breton where he became a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He recently returned to Carleton University and received a music degree focusing on Celtic and jazz piano.
His performances range from high-energy stage productions to intimate musical gatherings. He has played for international festivals, musical theatre, and cruise ships as well as square dances, ceilidhs, and many community events.
Tyson’s passion for music has inspired him to create a fulfilling life of musical adventures!
The Prism Within (2017)
Debut solo album from award-winning Canadian fiddler and composer, Kyle Burghout, featuring both traditional and newly-composed tunes.
Featuring piano accompaniment by Tyson Chen (tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, 10).
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Flowers 3:360:00 / 3:36
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From Ottawa to Sligo: Jane Smarzik's / Bob Stone's / Lost for Words / Robert Froom's / Anthony Vial's / The Bogard Reel / Algoma Trad / Jim Hunter's 13:090:00 / 13:09
A Day at the Lake (2015)
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Combining the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes with the rich sounds of the Cape Breton fiddle, Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together for their debut release.
Featuring Cape Breton-style piano accompaniment by Tyson Chen (tracks 3, 5, 9, 10).
Cape Breton Strathspey/Reels from Russia to Canada (2015)
KeyReel Raskolenko, Tyson Chen
Fiddle recorded in Karelia, Russia by KeyReel Raskolenko, piano recorded in Ottawa, Canada by Tyson Chen.
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