Stella Chen


Stella Chen Photo credit: Brandon Ilaw

Winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, American violinist Stella Chen has been lauded for her “phenomenal maturity” and “fresh and spontaneous, yet emotionally profound and intellectually well-structured performance” (The Jerusalem Post). The 2019-2020 season marks debut performances at the Kronberg Academy, Ravinia Festival, and the Salzburg Mozarteum as well as tours of Korea and Japan. Concerto appearances this season include performances with the Luxembourg Philharmonia, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra on a tour of China, and her Alice Tully concerto debut with The Juilliard Orchestra featuring Jörg Widmann’s Concerto No. 2, conducted by the composer. Ms. Chen is also the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition. She has given solo performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Other noteworthy ventures include performances in Bhutan, Cuba, and Colombia. A graduate of the Harvard/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program, she received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with honors from Harvard University. Ms. Chen is currently a C.V. Starr doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Li Lin, Donald Weilerstein, and Catherine Cho. Former teachers include Itzhak Perlman and Miriam Fried. Ms. Chen plays the ‘Huggins’ 1708 Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.