JENNY CHEN, piano
2017 Bravo! Vail Piano Fellow
Twenty- two year old pianist Jenny Chen is the youngest Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and teaching assistant in Eastman school of music. She was accepted by the Curtis Institute of Music at age ten under the pedagogy of Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman. She graduated with top honors and was selected as an artist in Dean’s honors recital. Chen then went on to complete a Master’s degree at Yale School of Music, and studied with Robert Blocker and Melvin Chen. Currently, her mentor is Douglas Humpherys.
Jenny Chen presents a new generation of performers. Her passionate artistry expresses her individuality and sincerity about music. Influenced by her energetic personality, she has been invited to perform at festival including Chamber Music Encounters of Lincoln Center, Tippet Rise Festival, Sejong Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Jenny Chen made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age fourteen, and subsequently the orchestra invited her again. She also performed with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, New York Downtown Sinfonietta, and Pacific Symphony, with conductors such as Rossen Milanov, Neil Varon, Carl Topilow, Stuart Malina, and Carl St. Clair. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with prestigious musicians such as Anne-Marie McDermott, Peter Wiley, and Arnold Steinhardt. Jenny Chen’s performances have been broadcasted on live TV and radio from WHYY’s On Stage at Curtis, Classical NPR’s Performance Today, and FOX Rochester. Moreover, her performance was selected to be included in Curtis Institute of Music’s released CD. Despite all her successes, the energy and insight of her music has not lost the joy of youth, a contradictory mix where the rigors of virtuosity abet, rather than hinder, the spontaneity, the freshness of her music.
Jenny Chen has received audience acclaim appearing in solo and chamber music performances across United States and abroad in venues including Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Morgan Library & Museum in New York, Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in California, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Colorado, National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn in the Netherlands, and Solti Hall in Hungary.
Praised by Christopher O’Riley as "one of the most fierce and masterful virtuosi of our time...she warmed and won the hearts of all who she embraced with her commentary and blazing virtuosity." Jenny Chen’s uplifting vitality creates a strong bond with the audience.