Yu-Ting Chen joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi; her earlier studies in Taiwan were with Chun-Yinh Lee and I-Ching Li.
A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chen made her solo orchestral debut at the age of seven, performing Mozart’s Third Concerto with the National Taiwan Symphony. Since then she has worked with several ensembles, including the Royal Academy Symphony; the Cape Symphony; the “Mihail Jora” State Philharmonic in Varallo Sesia, Italy; the National Taiwan Symphony; the Macau Youth Symphony; and the Taipei Symphony. She has also performed extensively in many prestigious halls, such as the Royal Festival Hall, Duke’s Hall in London, the Macau Cultural Center, the HOTA—Home of the Arts in Australia, the BHS Performing Arts Center, the National Concert Hall and National Recital Hall in Taipei, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra Recital Hall, the National Taichung Theater, and Weiwuying Concert Hall.
In addition to winning top prizes at the Menuhin Violin Competition in 2016, the Stradivarius International Violin Competition in 2010, the Taiwan National Music Competitions in 2010 and 2008, the 1st Amadeus Musical Competition in 2008, the 5th Asian Rising Star Competition in 2006, the 16th Europe FLAME Competition in 2005, and the 5th Osaka International Music Competition in 2004, Ms. Chen has also received a scholarship and the loan of a Testore violin from the Chimei Foundation in Taiwan, and the Chimei Arts awards in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 she received the Milka/Curtis Violin Prize at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Over the span of her musical career Ms. Chen has participated in master classes with such world-renowned artists as Miriam Fried, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Lu Si-Qing.
Photo by Jessica Griffin