Yu-Ting Chen joined The Philadelphia Orchestra’s second violin section starting with the 2017-18 season. She received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied under 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 has played in many halls, including the Royal Festival Hall, Duke’s Hall in London, the BHS Performing Arts Center, the National Taipei Recital Hall, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Recital Hall. She has performed with the National Taiwan Symphony, the Cape Symphony, and the Royal Academy Orchestra in 2016; the “Mihail Jora” State Philharmonic in Varallo Sesia, Italy, in 2010; and the Taipei Symphony in 2003.
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 scholarships from the Chimei Foundation in Taiwan and received 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.
Ms. Chen plays a Frank Ravatin violin on generous loan from Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows.
Photo: Pete Checchia