Che-Yen Chen


    Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as an active recitalist, chamber musician 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. Since winning First-Prize in the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition and the "President Prize" of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, he has been described by the Dallas Morning News as a musician who "played with silken finesse, and with elegant singers' feelings for timing, shape, color and articulation" 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".

    Having served as principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Chen has appeared as guest principal with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony. A former member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two and participant of the Marlboro Festival, he is also a member of Camera Lucida and The Myriad Trio.

    In August 2013, Formosa Quartet inaugurated Taiwan's very first chamber music festival. Modeled after Ravinia, Taos, Marlboro, and Kneisel Hall, Formosa Chamber Music Festival is the product of a long-held aspiration and represents one of Chen's primary missions: to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians, and to bring first-rate chamber music to Taiwanese audiences.

    Newly appointed Professor of Viola at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Chen has previously served on the faculty of USC Thornton School of Music, Indiana University South Bend, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University Fullerton, and McGill University, and has given master-classes across North America and Asia. As a laureate, Chen was invited to serve on the jury of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition.