Ruby Chen, Violin
Canadian-Taiwanese violinist Ruby Chen began her musical training at a very young age. She quickly became recognized as an exceptionally talented violinist and her family moved to North America to pursue her studies.
In 2003, she began her conservatory studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she received her Bachelor of Music degree and was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. While at Eastman as only a freshman, she was the winner of the school wide concerto competition and performed with the Eastman Philharmonia. Following her time in Rochester, she attended Yale University where she received a Masters of Music and an Artist Diploma.
In addition to being a member of the Oregon Symphony, she has worked as a freelance violinist in New York City and performed with some of the North America's finest symphony orchestras including Toronto, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and New Haven. As an advocate on contemporary music and an active chamber musician, she has worked closely with composers including Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, and Chris Theofanidis. Her versatility as a violinist has given her the opportunity to perform with pop artists such as Josh Groban and she can be seen on Celtic Thunder's PBS special and Christmas DVD.
While a fellow at Tanglewood for three consecutive summers, she acted as the concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performing the music of Elliott Carter and was the recipient of the 2007 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize. Her primary teachers include Ani Kavafian, Mikhail Kopelman, and Arkady Yanivker. Ruby joined the Oregon Symphony in 2011 and feels fortunate to play with this amazing orchestra!
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