Nanette Chen, originally from Tainan, Taiwan, is currently a fulltime violin professor and Dean of the College of Music at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). After graduating first in her class from NTNU, she attained her graduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington, under the tutelage of Henry Kowalski, Dubinsky Trio, and Josef Gingold. She was later granted a full scholarship by the University of Maryland (UMD) for her doctorate in musical arts violin performance. At UMD she worked with Daniel Heifetz, the Guarneri Quartet and Jaap Schröder (famous Baroque Violinist). Nanette graduated from UMD with honors and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honors society, becoming the first female from Taiwan to obtain a doctorate in violin performance.
Regular solo performances aside, she is commonly invited to record, perform new compositions, and collaborate in chamber performances. She has performed concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra (KSO), Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Yinqi Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and The Academic Philharmonic of Kharkov, Ukraine among many others.
She has performed, adjudicated and held master classes at numerous music programs such as Raffles Music Festival Singapore, the 4th Annual Hsin Tian Kong Music Awards, Enlightenment Music Taiwan, Ameropa Prague, CICA USA, and the Qingdao International Music Master Class and Chamber music program. Additionally, she has been invited twice by the Chimei Cultural Foundation to record on some of the world’s earliest and rarest violins.
Her sustained efforts to spread the culture of chamber music in Taiwan haven’t gone unnoticed. In 2011, a string octet composed of her students began touring in hopes of spreading the mission of chamber music and to create a lasting impression with the public.
Her contributions to music are recognized through numerous pupils, many of them full time instructors and members of various professional orchestras. Her students often win international competitions, receive nominations and are frequently selected to enter the government’s music talent program.