One of the most dynamic Chinese pianists today, Chen Jie was accepted by The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at the age of 13. Since her début with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, at the age of 16, she has performed in many leading concert venues around the world. A frequent soloist with major orchestras, Ms Chen has collaborated with orchestras such as the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She has won prizes at many international competitions including the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition, the Santander Paloma O’Shea International Competition, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA) and the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition (USA). The New York Times wrote: “She has shown she is more than a virtuosic clone”.
Although making her name by performing western music, Ms Chen has developed a keen interest in Chinese music. Her début album titled Chinese Piano Favourites (8.570602) was released to critical acclaim on the Naxos label. Since then, she has been actively involved in transcribing Chinese traditional music for the piano.