Tyson Chen is a Celtic and jazz pianist based in Ottawa, Ontario.
He accompanies award-winning fiddlers with his vibrant Cape Breton piano style and performs soothing jazz renditions from the Great American Songbook.
Tyson Chen is a Celtic and jazz pianist based in Ottawa, Ontario. He accompanies award-winning fiddlers with his vibrant Cape Breton piano style and performs soothing jazz renditions from the Great American Songbook.
His musical adventures range from high-energy shows at international festivals, square dances, and cruise ships to intimate musical gatherings at ceilidhs, house concerts, and local community events.
Growing up, he studied classical and popular music in Ottawa. For eight years, he lived and breathed Celtic music in the heart of Cape Breton where he became a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He returned to Ottawa and received a music degree from Carleton University focusing on Celtic and jazz piano.
Tyson currently performs with Canadian fiddle champions Kyle Burghout (North American Irish Fiddle Champion) and Jane Cory (Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion) as well as award-winning fiddler Anna Ludlow.
- Gatineau Hills Fiddle Festival – Chelsea, QC (2021, 2018)
- Goderich Celtic Roots Festival – Online (2021), Goderich, ON (2017)
- Marvest at CityFolk – Ottawa, ON (2018)
- Ottawa Jazz Festival – Ottawa, ON (2018)
- Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON (2017)
- Celtic Colours International Festival – Cape Breton, NS (2017, 2016, 2013)
- Folk in the Schools (CityFolk) – Ottawa, ON (2017, 2016)
- Tønder Festival – Tønder, Denmark (2016)
- Acadia Trad Festival – Maine, USA (2016)
- East Coast Music Awards – Sydney, NS (2016)
- Holland America Line (Cruises) – Atlantic Provinces (2015, 2014, 2013)
- American Folk Festival – Maine, USA (2014)
Cape Breton Square Dances – Cape Breton, NS (2011–2016)
West Mabou, Brook Village, Glencoe Mills, and many more.
Spirit of Swing: Jazz Concert
Parish of South Carleton Presents SPIRIT OF SWING: A JAZZ CONCERT Sunday, June 12th 4PM - Join us for some lovely late-afternoon jazz music! Freewill offering. All proceeds go to support relief efforts in Ukraine! Location: Holy Trinity North Gower. Come out and support this fundraising/outreach event and bring along some other music lovers to enjoy it with you!
Featuring: Pete Woods (sax), Tyson Chen (piano), Chris Pond (bass)
Of Hills and Valleys
Jane & Kyle
Brian Pickell Tunes (Steve and Michelle's Waltz Queen of the Tarps / One Track Zach / Princess) 5:340:00/5:34
Side of the Road 4:210:00/4:21
Boo Babys Lullaby 3:130:00/3:13
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).
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.