Chen Chen (cello) is currently a Doctoral student of Professor Jeffrey Solow. She previously studied with Mark Kosower at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received Professional Studies Certificate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in performance. Past teachers also include Merry Peckham, Richard Weiss, Natalia Pavlutskaya, Alexander Ivashkin, and Jin Zhang.
Chen has participated in many prestigious music programs with fellowships, including the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, the International Holland Music Sessions, Banff Music Centre for the Arts, and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop. Chen has also performed in master classes with such celebrated artists as Itzhak Perlman, Steven Isserlis, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, Joel Krosnick, Andres Diaz, Lluis Claret, Maria Kliegel, Peter Wiley, and Alisa Weilerstein, as well as the Tokyo, Takács, Jupiter, Miró, St. John’s, London, Haydn and Chilingirian String Quartets.
As cellist, chamber musician, Baroque cellist and dancer, Chen has had the privilege of performing in numerous renowned venues: Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Windsor Castle, The Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, Kimmel Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Passionate about contemporary music, Chen has worked with some distinguished composers – John Corigliano, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Shulamit Ran, Sean Shepherd, Joan Tower, Jennifer Higdon, and Chen Yi. Beyond her musical activities, she enjoys community engagement, hiking, reading, and writing. She is a frequent contributor to Mandarin Quarterly; her interview with cellist Yo-Yo Ma is published in Mandarin Quarterly’s Chicago Spring 2014 Issue.
Past recital highlights in 2019 include a concerto performance under Maestro Andreas Delfs, a guest performance with pianist Charles Abramovic, and two recitals with the multi-Grammy award recipient pianist Lambert Orkis. Chen will also return to Hidden Valley Music Seminars as Mark Kosower’s class assistant this August, and embark on a tour to Singapore/Malaysia with her string quartet.