Praised for his “Beautiful Tone” by New York Concert Reviews in 2011, award winning cellist Nan-Cheng Chen is passionate about sharing music with music lovers. At only age of 25, Nan-Cheng is the executive director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society (NACMS), a member of Sonic Escape, Chen Trio, and many other active music ensembles in NYC. An active soloist, Nan-Cheng has collaborated with Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica, which received a review states: “It was the kind of performance one might hear live only once a decade”, from Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
Among Nan-Cheng’s many honors and awards are first prize in the 2010 Queens Symphony Concerto Competition, 2006 Chamber Music Society Competition, 2005 Quincy Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2004 Hsin-Tian Temple National Cello Competition in Taiwan, and 2003 Metro-West Concerto Competitions. He also won top prizes in 2010 Manhattan School of Music Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Long Island Conservatory Young Artist Competition, 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and 1999 Taiwan National Cello Competition. Nan-Cheng has also been featured on NPR’s From The Top national radio broadcast in 2006. During the summer, Nan-Cheng participated in music festivals such as Banff Centre, Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, Encore School for Strings, Kneisel Hall and serves regularly as a teaching assistant at the Annual Music Festival of Walnut Hill.
A Native of Taiwan, Nan-Cheng Chen came to United States at the age of twelve and attended Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, studying under Eleonore Schoenfeld. He then entered the New England Conservatory Preparatory Program at Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA to study with Mark Churchill. Nan-Cheng recently earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick, renowned cellist of The Juilliard String Quartet.
Nan-Cheng Chen’s 2012-2013 engagements including solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, WMP Concert Hall, as well as collaborations as soloist with Peridance Company, NaiNi Dance Company, New York Composer’s Circle, Ensemble 212, and Queens Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Nan-Cheng will be joining as a member of Sonic Escape, a flute-violin-cello trio that tours around the U.S. and Canada including many prestigious performing arts centers.