Stephanie Chen-a native of Taipei, Taiwan- is a cellist, performer, and educator. She is an active musician in both the Boston area 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.
As a avid chamber musician and orchestral performer, Stephanie regularly performs with non-profit organization, Fermata, in which is also serves as Artistic Coordinator. Fermata's vision 'is to produce unconventional concerts that challenge what classical music can be in modern society. By hosting free, or affordable community oriented events, we bring listeners and musicians closer together, creating meaningful experiences that foster new appreciation for classical music.'
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 master classes 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.
Aside from her performance career, Stephanie is passionate about music education and is an educator in the Boston area. Stephanie serves as the cello specialist at the Boston Latin School, Co-Assistant Director of Chamber Orchestra and Cello Faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, and a Teaching Artist at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. She currently runs her own private cello studio in Newton, MA and teaches online cello lessons through Skype. See teaching for more information.
During her free time, Stephanie loves painting (while sipping on coffee), swimming, and cooking!