Bowers Program Artist

Stella Chen

Violin

Stella Chen

Winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and recipient of a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, 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 present and upcoming season marks debut performances with the Chicago Symphony, at the Kronberg Academy, Ravinia Festival, and the Salzburg Mozarteum as well as tours of China, Korea and Japan. Concerto appearances this season include performances with the Luxembourg Philharmonia 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. Stella is a graduate of Harvard University and continues her studies at the Juilliard School and Kronberg Academy. She also serves as a teaching assistant for Li Lin at Juilliard. Mentors include Li Lin, Donald Weilerstein, Mihaela Martin, and Itzhak Perlman. Ms. Chen plays the ‘Huggins’ 1708 Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.