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Che-Yen Chen, Viola

Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as an active performer and educator.  He is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, recipient of the first prize and the Amadeus prize winner of the 10th London International String Quartet Competition.  He is additionally a current member of Camera Lucida, Concertante Chamber Players and The Myriad Trio, which just released their debut album "The Eye of Night". First-prize winner of the 2003 William Primrose International Viola Competition and the "President prize" of the 2003 Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, Mr. Chen has been described by the Strad Magazine as a musician whose “tonal distinction and essential musicality produced an auspicious impression” and by San Diego Union Tribune as an artist whose "most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music."

Principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mr. Chen has appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. A former member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two, Mr. Chen has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro.  Chamber festival appearances include the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music International, La Jolla Summerfest, Seattle Chamber Music Society and Taiwan Connection, among many others.

Currently teaching at both USC Thornton School of Music and California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Chen has previously served on the faculties of Indiana University South Bend, UC San Diego, San Diego State University and McGill University.  He participated as both educator and performer in programs such as National Youth Orchestra Canada, Interlochen, and Mimir Festival, and has given master classes at the Taipei National University of the Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, University of Missouri Kansas City, UC Santa Barbara and The Juilliard School.  As a laureate, Mr. Chen was invited to serve on the jury of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition.

A native of Taipei, Mr. Chen is a four-time winner of the National Viola Competition in Taiwan. He came to the U.S. in his teens to matriculate at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, studying with such luminaries as Michael Tree, Joseph de Pasquale, Karen Tuttle, and Paul Neubauer.