Music & Performing Arts
An active soloist and chamber musician, Chen was the first-prize winner of the 1991 National Chamber Music Competition in Taiwan, and appeared in the Young Musician Concerts at the White House and United Nations in 1995, the Music 2000 Contemporary Music Festival with the American minimalist Steve Reich for his composition Different Trains, and the collaboration with Xian Zhang, Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, for Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale in Ohio. Additional performances include lecture-recitals in the national and regional conferences in Atlanta, Portland, Princeton, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Santa Barbara, and a multi-recital series: "The Ten Sonatas for Piano & Violin of Beethoven" with pianist Nathan Buckner (2009). Chen served as Visiting Artist at Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009. Her research paper on performance was published by the International Journal of the Arts in Society (2007).
Chen has also performed with numerous orchestras; among them she served as concertmaster of the CCM Philharmonic Orchestra and Hastings Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Texas Festival Orchestra, principal second violin of the Sorg Opera Company, and has performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Berlin Schauspielhaus, Lisbon Cultural Center, Vienna Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and Boston Symphony Hall.
Chen joined the UNK faculty in 2004, where she teaches studio violin and viola, chamber music, and core curricula. She serves as violinist for the Frahm-Lewis Trio (UNK Faculty Piano Trio). Prior to her appointment, she was both a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the violin faculty at the Cincinnati String Academy.