Chinese-born pianist Xiao Chen is actively engaged as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., China, and Europe, having performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Fischer Center for Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Her performances have been well received by many; Peninsula Reviews praised her playing as a “knock-out performance, and one we would love to hear again”, while Shanghai Youth Daily said “her energetic and breathtaking performance impressed the audience”.
Ms. Chen is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s University, having served as Lecturer in Piano Performance at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 2019. Her position as pedagogue saw her founding and directing the Los Angeles Young Virtuoso International Music Festival in 2018 which took place at Azusa Pacific University. She created the festival with the objective of providing performance and educative opportunities for students from all over the world.
She is the prize winner of many competitions including The American Prize, Frances Walton Competition, Carmel Music Society Piano Competition, American Protege International Competition, The Muse International Competition, ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition China Regional Competition. As a winner of Frances Walton Competition, she played a concert tour in Washington State and performed a solo piano program on radio live broadcast concert at Classical KING FM 98.1. She also serves as jury in many music and piano competitions, including New West Symphony Piano Competition in Los Angeles, "Pearl River Keyserburg" International Youth Piano Competition, and Hainan Airline Piano Competition.
Ms. Chen founded and directed the Los Angeles Young Virtuoso International Music Festival in 2018 in Azusa Pacific University. She created the festival to provide performing and learning opportunities to students from all over the world. She has recorded for Yamaha's Disklavier Educational Network and Scott Joplin Piano Works Archive. She has been invited to perform in numerous music festivals including The Morningside Bridge Summer Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Pianofest Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, and Italy Perugia Music Fest. Over the years, she has worked with such renowned pianists as Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Wu Han, Gloria Cheng, Ann Schein, Paul Schenly, Joseph Lin, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and Shanghai Quartet.
Additionally, Ms. Chen has appeared in outreach tours. In 2017, she went to 20 schools in Washington States and performed for more than 2000 students. She also often collaborated with Education Through Music – Los Angeles and taught in different schools. In addition, as part of UCLA Gluck Ensemble, she has performed in numerous schools and senior centers in Los Angeles.
Ms. Chen is also an experienced teacher. She often teaches among universities in Los Angeles. She has taught piano major students at UCLA, and coached music major students in Mount Saint Mary’s University. She was invited to present a two-hour lecture on “Art of listening” in Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. In addition, she often gave talks and performances in Santa Monica Emeritus College.
Ms. Chen received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Inna Faliks from University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She attended Bard College with a double major – Receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under Melvin Chen from Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from Bard College.
In 2020, Ms. Chen released her new solo piano album with SHEVA Collection.