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Taiwanese violinist Kai-Wei Chen, praised by ToledOvations as a violinist with “grace and artistry,” is a versatile musician and an enthusiastic music educator. As a performer, she has performed with Lincoln Center Stage (a resident piano quintet on Holland America cruise ship lines in partnership with Lincoln Center) and has participated in many orchestras including Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Quad City Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with renowned musicians such as Yoyo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Gil Shaham, Vadim Repin, Sarah Chang, Jan Mráček, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Krivine, and Bramwell Tovey. Interested in a wide range of music, Kai-Wei enjoys playing different genres of music, such as contemporary, jazz improvisations, and pop music, in various venues in order to attract audiences from different background and interest. She holds a cognate on jazz performance and had performed in bars and The Horseshoe Casino (IN). She had recorded albums for Taiwanese TV series and Taiwanese pop singers and had been the featured soloist at the International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology. Kai-Wei received her Bachelor’s degree from the National Taiwan Normal University, a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University with Graduate String Quartet Assistantship, and a Doctorate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying under Stefan Milenkovich.

Kaiwei Chen


Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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