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String Soloist & Pianist


Anita Chen
Piano and Violin

”…Her tone is both alluring and sensuous…” and “…her inspirational account of the Grieg Concerto exudes confidence in all departments…”

THE STRAD, Julian Haylock

“…It is a most enjoyable, clean and fresh performance…” and “…her playing of Conus’s Concerto is also excellent…”

RECORD REVIEW, Robert Matthew-Walker

“…The concert aroused admiration, but also two disturbing questions. Is being a prodigy on one instrument no longer enough to attract attention? And will future prodigies have to equal this double whammy?…”

Edith Eisler, New York (Performance at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall)

"Anita really is a remarkable talent. It would be impressive enough if she could just manage the notes on both instruments, but her playing has style, warmth and imagination too."

Bob Sherman, WQXR radio, New York City

Excerpts of live concerts for piano and violin in Taipei under Maestro Philip Rice (season 2015/2016): Paganini-Kreisler and Gershwin (Encore by Bach)(Watch video)

(Videos from previous seasons)

Multi-talented American rising star Anita Chen has been called sensational by critics and audiences for being equally talented as a soloist on both the violin and the piano. Anita launched her career in 2002 at age eleven performing as orchestral soloist in eight concerts on both the violin and the piano with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at New York’s Carnegie Hall in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. She returned to Carnegie Hall in 2009 as solo recitalist to perform her debut to a long standing ovation. Recently, she extensively toured across the United States, performing solo recitals on the violin and piano in 36 cities. She appeared as orchestral soloist in London at the Final Concert of the Whitgift International Music Competition (April 6, 2017.)

In 2006, Miss Chen made her recording debut in Moscow with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky on the Bel Air label, featuring Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, J. Conus’s Violin Concerto and Formosa Capriccio by Albert Markov for which she received rave reviews from leading music magazines. In addition to her performances in the United States, Miss Chen participated in music festivals in France and Spain and in 2007 she toured across Italy, and also appeared as recital soloist in Mexico at the Parnassos concert series.

In February 2009, Anita returned to Carnegie Hall and made her recital debut at Zankel Hall in a program featuring Cimarosa, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Prokofiev and Markov, performing the first half of the concert on piano and the second half with violin. The sell-out audience responded with a shouting and stamping ovation.

In October 2010, Anita returned to open the new season as orchestral soloist with the Bridgeport Symphony under Gustav Meier. Commenting on her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, followed by Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1, music critic Joseph Pronechen wrote: “Chen went beyond mere extraordinary technique, she had a depth of feeling and the work itself that stretched well beyond her years...”

During the 2011/2012 season, Anita Chen toured across the United States, appearing as solo recitalist before enthusiastic audiences in 36 cities, receiving standing ovations at each performance.

Miss Chen was the featured artist on a tour in France as well as in the Far East in 2012/2013.

Most recent season highlights include Anita’s very successful debut in London as orchestral soloist performing a gala concert at the renowned Whitgift International Music Competition (April 6, 2017) featuring music of Kreisler-Paganini on the violin and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue on the piano. Earlier in the US she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” with the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jacomo Bairos. In 2015/16, Anita toured again in the Far East and appeared as orchestral soloist with the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Maestro Philip Rice. Future tours will take her to Europe and again throughout the United States.

Born in America, Anita Chen began to study the piano at age three and within a year, she added the violin. At age seven, she was accepted into the pre-college division at The Juilliard School. Anita has won several piano and violin competitions and, competing on the violin, was the winner of the GBS’ Carlson-Horn Competition. She resides in New York City and is studying piano with Oxana Yablonskaya and violin with internationally renowned concert violinist and composer, Albert Markov.