An artist of singular vision, Ms. Jie Chen is winner of eleven prestigious international prizes, including the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Santander Paloma O’Shea International Competition in Spain, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA) and the Minnesota International Piano-e-International Competition (USA).
The New York Times wrote: “She has shown she is more than a virtuosic clone”. The Gilmore Rising Stars Series reported: “Chen displayed almost frightening technical capabilities wedded to superior musicality”.
Accepted by The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at the age of thirteen, Ms Chen made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch at age sixteen. She has given solo recitals in many leading concert venues around the world, including the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Louvre Museum, etc.
A frequent soloist with major orchestras, Ms. Chen has collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra and Maestro Osmo Vanska, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Neemi Jarvi, Madrid Orquesta Sinfonica and Jesus Lopez-cobos, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia of Poland, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Although making a name for performing Western music, Ms. Chen has developed a keen dedication to bring Chinese traditional music to the world’s concert stage. Her debut album titled “Chinese Piano Favourites” (8.570602) was released to critical acclaim on the Naxos label.
Her second album under Marco Polo lable, “The Yellow River/ Butterfly Lovers (8.225984), has won her the Best Album of the Year award by the Asian Hi-Fi Society.
Besides her performing career, Ms. Jie Chen is also the founder and director of the Music Department at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST), and was awarded the “Ambassador for Arts and Education” by the Shanghai International Arts Festival. She was named “Top 30 under 30” in classical music world by the KDFC radio Los Angeles, CCTV “top 10 pianist in China”, and “Culture Leader” by the Shanghai Government.