Viola and Violin Lessons with Dr. Yen Fang Chen
Taiwanese violist Yen-Fang Chen enjoys a versatile career as a music educator, chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral player and has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, China, and Taiwan. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, serving as the teaching assistant to pedagogue Nancy Buck. Ms. Chen received her Master’s degree in Viola Performance at the University of Texas at Austin with Roger Myers and the Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan where she was the teaching assistant of western music history.
As an active chamber musician, Ms. Chen has been invited to perform in various music festivals. She has appeared as guest artist in concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival at the Hainan University in China, the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, the Clarinet Fest 2018 in Belgium, and the Society of Composer Region Concerts, AZ. She also regularly performed in the PRISMS Contemporary Music Festival with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. Additionally, Ms. Chen was the member of the Herberger String Quartet from 2014-2017. The quartet has performed widely around the Greater Phoenix area, participated in the Red Rock Music Festival, worked closely with the Brentano, Ying, and the Shanghai Quartets.
With mature leadership, Ms. Chen has served as the principal viola in the Aspen Opera Theater Center Orchestra, the Brevard Sinfonia at the Brevard Music Center, the Arizona State University Chamber Orchestra and the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, working with renowned conductors of Carl St. Clair, George Manahan, Robert Spano, Karina Canellakis, and Jeffery Meyer. Moreover, she will participate in the orchestras within Greater Phoenix area such as the Musicanova Orchestra, West Valley Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southwest in the 2018-2019 season.
Ms. Chen also has the passion for playing the piano. She has had over ten years of experience as a church pianist and served as the choir accompanist in Austin Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. Ms. Chen teaches violin, viola, piano, and music theory for all ages and levels, and she was on the faculty list of the String Project at Arizona State University. Ms. Chen often accompanies her students in lessons and performances to create the interactive learning atmosphere.
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