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Beatrice Chen, Viola

Beatrice Chen, 17, currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Hsin-Yun Huang. Chen has won first prize in various competitions including the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, Albert M. Greenfield Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras Concerto Competition, and American Protege International Concerto Competition. She is a current member of the Chen String Quartet which has given over 70 virtual concerts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and most recently appeared on WFMT,  Constellations Chamber Concerts in Washington DC, From the Top’s virtual concert series, and twice on the International Music Foundation’s Rush Hour Concert Series.

Chen was featured on the 2020 HearNOW Gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist with the Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta DuPage, and Capital City Symphony. She has played on WRTI; on Show 347 of NPR’s From the Top; and twice on Introductions: as a soloist in October 2016 and as a member of CYSO’s New World String Quartet in November 2016.

Beatrice participated in the Young Performers Program at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute in 2016. She also spent numerous summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School and participated in the 2017 Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio. Prior to studying at Curtis, she was principal violist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras for five years. Beatrice has studied with Victoria Chiang, Matthew Lipman, and Paul Neubauer.