Chien Tan, Principal Second Violin

Chien Tan

Chien Tan joined the Oregon Symphony after completing five years performing and recording in the Los Angeles area.

A native of Canada, Ms. Tan began her musical training at the age of five on the piano, then started playing the violin at the age of ten. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and California Institute of the Arts, she studied chamber music with the Cavani String Quartet, and jazz studies at the Henry Mancini Institute. Chien has performed in master classes led by concertmasters from the Boston, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg symphonies. Her principal teachers were Elizabeth Baker, David Cerone and David Updegraff.

While residing in southern California, Ms. Tan performed as tenured member of the Pacific Symphony and Opera Pacific plus numerous groups such as the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony and the 1999 Grammy Awards Orchestra.

Chien’s recent engagements have included performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Colorado Music Festival and the Chamber Ensemble of Nova Scotia. Because of her broad range of musical interest, she has participated in two Sony Classical label recordings, and has appeared on stage with Michael Nyman, Celine Dion and Vince Gill.

Drawn to innovation and creativity, Chien is quickly establishing herself as a leading treble violinist of her generation. For more information, go to her website: which includes her performance schedule and information about her music video due to be released this year.

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