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HELLO! 

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. My hobbies include cooking up a storm, 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!

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PROFESSIONAL BIO

 

A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Stephanie Chen is a cellist, performer, and educator. She is an active musician in the Central Valley, California, 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. 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.

 

Stephanie makes regular appearances with The Stockton Symphony, The Stockton Chorale, and The Modesto Opera, among other local orchestras in Central Valley, California. She has been principal cellist at the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Century Youth Orchestra, Taipei American School Orchestra, and 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. In addition, she has performed in masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Norman Fischer, Brinton Smith, Jeff Zeigler, The Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson Trio, and members of the Brentano Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, and the Ying Quartet. She has also attended numerous festivals including: 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. While in Boston, Stephanie has played with many regional orchestras such as Palaver Strings, Fermata, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Aside from her performance career, Stephanie is a certified Suzuki instructor and teaches both from her home studio in Manteca, CA and at the Mountain House Suzuki Strings (Tracy Area). Her Suzuki teacher trainers include David Evenchick and Avi Friedlander. She currently teaches around 35-40 students per year, of which 15 of them are adult learners. Stephanie is a proud member of ASTA Stockton and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. 

 

In previous years, Stephanie has served as the cello specialist at the Boston Latin School in which she leads all seven orchestras' cello sectionals in the music department. She held the positions as Co-Assistant Director of Chamber Orchestra, Cello Faculty, and Head of Ensembles at the Community Music Center of Boston. 

 

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