Hello, I'm so glad you're here. I'm Stephanie! My friends call me Steph, my students call me Ms. Chen/ Ms. Stephanie, and my family calls me 'meimei' ("妹妹", or little sister). I am a cellist and teacher in the Central Valley, CA. I was born in Los Angeles but spent my entire childhood in Taipei, Taiwan. I attended the Taipei American School, came to the states for college up in Rochester, NY, and later went to Boston to pursue my Masters's degree in cello performance at the New England Conservatory. My hobbies include cooking, making handmade cards, anything arts and crafts, and listening to podcasts! I love making myself a glass of iced latte every morning and enjoy trying out different restaurants in the area! Currently I reside in Manteca, CA with my husband, Alan and dog, Musette (or Mooosie)!
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A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Stephanie Chen is a cellist, performer, and educator. She is an active musician in the Central Valley, CA, Boston, and Taiwan. Stephanie began piano and cello lessons with her mother at an early age and then continued her cello studies with Professor Yi-Ching Cheng. At the age of 15, she made her solo debut with the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nian-Fu Liao at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Stephanie holds a B.M degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) and an M.M degree from the New England Conservatory with high honors.
As an avid chamber and orchestral musician, Stephanie makes regular appearances with The Stockton Symphony, The Stockton Chorale, Zion Chamber Orchestra, The Modesto Opera, Palaver Strings, Fermata, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has performed in many renowned concert halls, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, and Kodak Hall and has been featured on TV show, Great Day Houston.
In addition, she has performed in masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Norman Fischer, Brinton Smith, Jeff Zeigler, The Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson Trio, Brentano Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, and The Ying Quartet. She has also attended numerous festivals including the Texas Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, The Formosa Chamber Music Festival, and AIMS in Graz. Her principal teachers include Yeesun Kim, David Ying, and Yi-Ching Cheng.
Aside from her performance career, Stephanie is a certified Suzuki instructor and teaches both from her home studio in Manteca, CA and in Mountain House, CA. In previous years, Stephanie has served as the cello specialist at the Boston Latin School. She's held the positions of Assistant Director of Chamber Orchestra, Cello Faculty, and Head of Ensembles at the Community Music Center of Boston. Her Suzuki teacher trainers include David Evenchick and Avi Friedlander. She currently teaches around 35 students per year ranging from 3-75 years old! Stephanie currently serves on the board of CalASTA - Stockton and is a proud member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
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