Piano, Violin, Viola
Born in Taiwan, Tzu-Ying Chen began to play violin and piano at the age of six. In 2002 she moved to Austria, where she continued her Pre- College music studies under Günter Pichler at the Music University of Vienna and Matheos Kariolou at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. After that, she studied under Robert Zimanskyand Andreas Janke at the Zurich University of the Arts, receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) with distinction and the Master of Arts in Music (M.A.) with specialization in orchestral music. In 2019, she finished her doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America under Jody Gatwood and Oleg Rylatko, receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) with Summa Cum Laude.
Tzu-Ying is winner of many international music competitions, including 1st prize at Prima La Musica Competition in Vienna, the Tainan Violin Competition and the National Vienna Piano Competition in Taiwan. She was also awarded full scholarship for her doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America, for the Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Positano Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy.
As a pedagogue, she gives individual piano lessons, violin lessons and chamber music coaching. Through her teachings, her students passed the entrance exam for the Music Conservatory Zurich, the audition for the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, and won prizes like the Washington National Youth Music Competition.
She performs regularly as soloists, chamber- and orchestral musician. Debuting in Vienna, she performed as soloists with the Vienna High School Orchestra, the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra and recently with the CUA Symphony Orchestra. Her orchestral experiences include concertmaster position in the CUA Symphony Orchestra, an internship at the Zurich Opera House Orchestra, and a substitute position at Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra in Zurich. As a concert violinist and chamber musician, she gave concerts in Taiwan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Cyprus, and the USA.
Through the numerous masterclasses she has taken, her play is influenced by famous violinists like Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov, Benjamin Schmid, Igor Petrushevski, Nai-Yuan Hu, Lynn Chang, Christian Altenburger und Mi-Kyung Lee.