Kuan-Pei Chen

Changhua, Taiwan

Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts, 2028
Boston University, Master of Music, 2023
National Taiwan Normal University, Bachelor of Music, 2021

Taiwanese violinist Kuan-Pei Chen is currently a doctoral student at Boston University, where she studies with Bayla Keyes. She began playing violin at the age of six and has previously studied with Xiao-Fang Huang, Hui-Wen Yang and Yi-Tsao Wang. An avid chamber and orchestral player, Kuan-Pei attended Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival the past two summers and has been playing with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since 2022.

What inspired you to become a musician?
I think it was during Covid years when I realized how important music is and how much we can do as a musician to make a difference in the world.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Johannes Brahms

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I still haven’t named my violin after more than ten years.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Go for a run, read, hang out with friends.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I’m excited to expand my orchestral repertoire, meet and work with other inspiring musicians and colleagues, as well as explore and enjoy the city of Breckenridge.