As the winner of the 6th China International Piano Competition, Chen’s debut album with Naxos featured Liszt operatic transcriptions and was critically acclaimed by Gramophone magazine and the Classics Today website. His performance in the competition was praised by International Piano. His performances in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the 15th Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition and the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition were also highly acclaimed.
As a soloist, Chen has appeared with many orchestras across the world including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. An advocate for contemporary music, Chen is a member of the New York-based Ensemble Échappé, and has collaborated with The Juilliard School’s AXIOM ensemble. He has worked with composers such as Tonia Ko and Nina Young, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy worked with Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann and Johannes Maria Staud, and conductors Heinz Holliger, Matthias Pintscher and Simon Rattle.
A native of Taichung, Taiwan, Chen attended the Shanghai Conservatory Elementary and Middle Schools, subsequently moving to New York where he studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky. He then studied at the New England Conservatory with Wha Kyung Byun. He was a recipient of the C. Kaplan Piano Scholarship, the Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship, the Van Cliburn Alumni Scholarship and the Tan Family Education Grant. He currently resides in Long Island City, and he is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at The Graduate Center, CUNY.