American violinist Stella Chen garnered worldwide attention with her first-prize win at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, followed in 2020 by the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. Following debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the summer of 2021, in the 2021–22 season she makes her recital debut at Carnegie Hall and concerto debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and Berlin Philharmonie, and appears throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, German State Philharmonic, and New Japan Philharmonic, she appears frequently with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and on tour.
Chen’s most recent engagements include appearances with the Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Ravinia, and Kronberg Academy festivals. She has appeared as a chamber musician in festivals including the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton, Rockport, and Sarasota. Chamber music partners include Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Matthew Lipman, Robert Levin, and more.
Stella Chen is the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, and the youngest-ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition. She received her doctorate from The Juilliard School, where she serves as a teaching assistant to her longtime mentor, Li Lin. She plays on the 1700 “ex-Petri” Stradivarius, on generous loan from Dr. Ryuji Ueno and Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.