20. Ke-Chia Chen 陳可嘉, Composer/2014/10

Ke-Chia Chen 陳可嘉, Composer

Compositions of Ke-Chia Chen 陳可嘉have been performed by leading orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists throughout the United States, Japan and Taiwan. Her music has been programmed at a variety of different venues including Carnegie Hall (Song of the Wanderer, for clarinet and piano), WHYY radio in Philadelphia (The Desires, for viola and double string quartet) and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Miles of Manuscript ~ A New Music Concert, hosted by David Lang (Rhapsody of Seasons for string quartet). Her work To An Isolated Island, for piano solo can be heard on the Amillita Entertaining Group release, Formosa: 24 Caprices for solo piano, featuring piano soloist, Chih-long Hu.

Past and present collaborators of Ms. Chen have included conductor Edward Abrams, assistant conductor of the New World Symphony; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violinists Ida Kavafian and Bella Hristova, viola soloist Toby Apple of the Julliard School, and musicians from the Marlboro Festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Upcoming performances include the premiere of her orchestral work, Broken Crystal, winner of Marilyn K. Glick Young Composer Award by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during their 2009-2010 season. Ms. Chen has received commissions and recognition from music organizations such as the The Lyra Society, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Network for New Music in Philadelphia. Her music has been featured at the Bulgarian Consulate Evening Concerts and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. Recent commissions include a new orchestral work to be premiered in early 2010 by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia.

Ms. Chen has been a young composer in residence at several music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in 2007 and 2009, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Music at Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival. Scholarships and awards include the Manhattan School of Music’s 2003 Manhattan Prize for string quartet, the 2005 IBLA Foundation Grand Prize in composition, and the University of Pennsylvania’s 2009 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship. A native of Taiwan, Ke-Chia Chen earned degrees in composition from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music studying with composers Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the University of Pennsylvania studying with James Primosch. Past teachers include Herbert Willi, Lera Auerbach, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Ford Lallerstedt, and Gorden Shih-Wen Chin.

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