Hi, I'm Stephanie. My friends call me Steph, my students call me Ms. Chen or Ms. Stephanie, and my family calls me 'meimei' ("妹妹", or little sister). I am a cellist and teacher in Manteca, CA (~1 hr east from the Bay Area). I was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. I attended the Taipei American School, came to the states for college up in Rochester, NY, and later came to Boston to pursue my Masters's degree in cello performance. My hobbies include cooking up a storm, painting with watercolors, anything arts and crafts, listening to podcasts, and taking care of my plants. I love making myself a glass of iced latte every morning and enjoy trying out different restaurants!
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A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Stephanie Chen is a cellist, performer, and educator. She is an active musician in both Manteca, CA and in Taiwan. Stephanie began piano and cello lessons with her mother at an early age 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 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. As an avid chamber music and orchestral performer, Stephanie has played with many regional orchestras such as Palaver Strings, Fermata, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Aside from her performance career, Stephanie is passionate about music education and is an educator in the Boston area. 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 as well as the Co-Assistant Director of Chamber Orchestra and Cello Faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston. She currently runs her own private cello studio in Manteca, CA and teaches online cello lessons through Zoom.
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