Nan-Cheng Chen, Cello
Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen’s performance was described as “personable and smile-inducing” and “fine playing” by Washington Post and “Beautiful Tone” by New York Concert Reviews. A chamber music enthusiast, Nan-Cheng is the executive director and co-founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and was a member of Sonic Escape trio. As a soloist, Nan-Cheng has collaborated with Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica, and has toured North American, South America, Europe and Asia. His recent highlight include debuts with National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Nan-Cheng’s festival participations includes Banff Centre Residency, Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz Institute, Encore School for Strings, and Kneisel Hall. He was a guest-performing artist at Chautauqua Summer Music Festival, a Kaplan Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and served as a teaching artist at the Annual Music Festival of Walnut Hill. As a music educator, Nan-Cheng has given cello masterclasses at Penn State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Calgary as well as universities in Panama, Colombia and Taiwan. Nan-Cheng holds a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, and is enrolled as a doctoral candidate at CUNY Graduate Center. He taught at CUNY Queens College and now serves as a full-time college music faculty in New York.