Chen Dong is the third son of famous Chinese pop music composer Chen Gexin. His brother Chen Gang is one of the composers of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. Chen himself is a baritone singer. He studied with Wen Kezheng, the previous head of Vocal Department of the Shanghai Music Conservatory. Chen went to the United States for further education and ended up residing there since. In 2001, Chen performed in the “Rose & Butterfly Lovers – Showpieces of Chen Gexin & Chen Gang” concert held in Hong Kong.