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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, for Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, in Ohio. Chen served as Visiting Artist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009, and performed at Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea for the 2011 International College Music Society Conference. In 2013, she was a guest artist for the 42nd Abbey Bach Restival in Mount Angel, Oregon. Additional performances and presentations include lecture/recitals in the national and regional conferences in Atlanta, Cambridge, Kansas City, Portland, Princeton, Richmond, 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). She has presented several sessions for the American String Teachers Association, and 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 guest concertmaster of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra and the 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 Conference Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, and Boston Symphony Hall.
Chen joined the UNK faculty in 2004, where she teaches studio violin and viola, chamber music, string techniques, and string pedagogy. A 2016 recipient of the Pratt-Heins Foundation Scholarship an Research Award, Chen is currently the Gerald Feese Endowed Professor of Violin, and serves as violinist for the Frahm-Lewis Trio (UNK faculty piano trio).