Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and began piano lessons at the age six. While in school, she was the winner of the Wonderlic piano competition in Baltimore, placed second place in the Kaohsiung City Competition, third prize in the University Piano Competition and fourth in the Kawai Competition. She was also the rehearsal pianist for Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra for two years. Upon graduation from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, she moved to Baltimore to pursue graduate studies at The Peabody Institute.
Hui-Chuan has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. An active chamber musician, in 2003 she accompanied soprano Shou- Hua Su in concert at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2004, she collaborated with mezzo-soprano Chi-Chun Chan in the same hall. Hui-Chuan has also participated in many festivals, including the Chigiana Accademia in Siena, Italy, and Universität Mozateum in Salzburg. In the summer of 2009, Hui-Chuan was awarded the instrumental collaborative artist fellowship to attend the Aspen Festival of Music, and was invited back in 2011 as a staff accompanist. During the summer of 2012, Hui-Chuan participated in Songfest, where she performed Schumann's Spanish Lieder for vocal ensemble under the direction of Graham Johnson. The same year, she made her first appearance in the Kennedy Center. Her first debut concert at the Bargemusic Festival was in 2009. br>
Hui-Chuan has worked with many great musicians, including pianists Leon Fleisher and Sergei Dorensky. She has coached chamber music with Christian Tezlaff, Pamela Frank, Victor Danchenko, Roberto Diaz, Laurence Lesser, Richard Aaron, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Herbert Greeberg, Stephen Wyrczynski, Amit Peled, and Marina Piccinini. Hui-Chuan also regularly accompanies singers. She was been the class accompanist for many outstanding performers or teachers, including Thomas Grub, John Shirley-Quirk, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and William Sharp. br>
She received her Master of Music degree from the Peabody and currently is finishing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, while teaching piano minors at the Peabody Institute.