Bowers Program Artist

Stella Chen


Stella Chen Photo credit: Fay Fox

American violinist Stella Chen garnered worldwide attention with her first-prize win at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, followed by the 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. Since then, she has made debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and others. Recent recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection, Rockport Music Festival, and Nume Festival in Italy. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, both in New York and on tour. In her 2022–23 season, she continues to appear with orchestras throughout the world, including her debuts with the Baltimore and North Carolina Symphonies, and performs in recital at Lincoln Center. Her all-Schubert debut studio album will be released in December 2022. She has appeared as a chamber musician in festivals including the Kronberg Academy, Ravinia, Seattle Chamber Music, Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton, Rockport, and Sarasota. Chamber music partners include Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Matthew Lipman, Robert Levin, and others. The first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University and the youngest-ever winner of the Menuhin Competition, Chen plays on the 1700 ex-Petri Stradivarius, on generous loan from Dr. Ryuji Ueno and Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative, as well as the 1708 Huggins Stradivarius, courtesy of the Nippon Foundation. She received her doctorate from the Juilliard School, where she serves as a teaching assistant to her longtime mentor, Li Lin.