A musician who combines her artistic vocation with her devotion to improving the lives of others, critically acclaimed pianist Jie Chen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and winner of eleven prestigious international prizes.
Chen debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch at the age of fifteen, and has been featured in solo performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Louvre in Paris, and many other venues throughout Europe and Asia.
A visionary arts administrator, she was the founding dean of the first music department at a science and technology university in China, successfully implemented innovative curricula combining technology teaching with music practice. Chen conducted academic research focusing on arts as a form of community language and a medium for better teamwork and productivity. She is an active promoter for arts education as the force for social change, and is currently the first candidate with a music background ever admitted to the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program as an Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
A keen believer that music is the universal language of the soul, Chen seeks to transcends boundaries and promote better understanding across differences through dialogues in arts and culture.