Ke-Chia Chen
Composer in Residence
2016-2017 season

Ke-Chia Chen’s compositions have been performed by leading orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists throughout the United States, Japan and Taiwan. Her music has been programmed at a variety of different venues including Carnegie Hall (Song of the Wanderer, for clarinet and piano), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Broken Crystal, for orchestra), WHYY radio in Philadelphia (The Desires, for viola and double string quartet) and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Miles of Manuscript ~ A New Music Concert, hosted by David Lang (Rhapsody of Seasons for string quartet). Her work, To An Isolated Island for piano solo, can be heard on the Blue Griffin Recording Label release, Formosa: 24 Caprices for solo piano.

Ms. Chen’s critically acclaimed Broken Crystal, winner of the prestigious Marilyn K. Glick Young Composer Award, was hailed by the Indianapolis Star as a work “orchestrated with lavish self-confidence and a resourcefulness”, and “made a coherent whole out of its pattern of abrupt contrasts, crowned by a broad, stunningly accented ‘maestoso’ episode”.
Past and present collaborators of Ms. Chen include Teddy Abrams, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Gersen, music director of the New York Youth Symphony; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violinists Ida Kavafian and Bella Hristova, viola soloist Toby Appel of the Juilliard School, and musicians from the Marlboro Festival, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming projects include a recording of The Silent Flame for horn and piano with Jennifer Montone, principle horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2013-2014, she will be a composer-in-residence with the New York based orchestra Ensemble 212 directed by Yoon Jae Lee.

Chen has received commissions and recognition from music organizations such as the The Lyra Society, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Network for New Music in Philadelphia. Her music has been featured at the Bulgarian Consulate Evening Concerts and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

In 2012, Chen was awarded a Subito Grant from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum. She has been a young composer in residence at several music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in 2007 and 2009, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Music at Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival. Scholarships and awards include the University of Pennsylvania’s 2011 David Halstead Music Prize, the 2005 IBLA Foundation Grand Prize in composition, the 2004 Manhattan School of Music’s Manhattan Prize for string quartet, and the University of Pennsylvania’s 2009-2013 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship.

A native of Taiwan, Ke-Chia Chen holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, as well as a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Past teachers include Richard Danielpour, James Primosch, David Ludwig, Lera Auerbach, Jay Reise, Anna Weesner, Herbert Willi, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Ford Lallerstedt, and Gorden Shih-Wen Chin. Currently, Ms. Chen is on the Musical Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Ke-Chai Chen, composer
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