Jie Chen Biography




Jie-BioJie Chen, pianist

An artist of singular vision, Jie Chen is winner of eleven prestigious international prizes, including the Artur 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).

In 2003, Ms. Chen was the first place winner of the PianoArts National Competition based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). As a result of winning this competition, Ms. Chen performed in Milwaukee frequently, toured southeastern Wisconsin, performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and gave master classes to
Wisconsin youth.

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 performed solo recitals in many leading concert venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Louvre Museum, and many others.

A frequent soloist with major orchestras, Ms. Chen has collaborated with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, 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 her name for performing western music, Ms. Chen has developed a keen dedication to bringing Chinese traditional music to the world’s concert stage. Her debut album, “Chinese Piano Favorites”, was released to critical acclaim on the Naxos label. Her second album under the Marco Polo label, “The Yellow River / Butterfly Lovers”, won her the “Best Album of the Year” award by the Asian Hi-Fi Society.

Besides her performing career, Ms. 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 Ten Pianists in China”, and “Culture Leader” by the Shanghai Government.