Kristy Chen, 15, began playing the violin at the age of 6 and has been a student of Hirono Oka for the past 5 years. Under the baton of William Scheible, Kristy debuted as a violin soloist with the Ocean City Pops New Jersey at the age of 11. This upcoming spring, Kristy will be soloing with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra and the Temple University Orchestra. 2017 marks her fourth year as an advanced study scholarship student at the Settlement School of Music where she is part of the Gail W. Snitzer Quartet coached by Sidney Curtiss. Kristy has also been a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship, the Elmer and Louise Menges Scholarship and currently the Temple Special Violin Scholarship.
As a member of the Temple University’s Youth Chamber Orchestra, Kristy was privileged to attend the Harpa International Music Festival in Reykjavik Iceland. She was honored to perform the Bach Double for President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson of Iceland. In addition to being co-concertmistress of Temple YCO, she has also served as concertmistress the of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, the Eastern Symphony Orchestra at Eastern Music Festival. Besides these prestigious programs, Kristy has accumulated seven years of experience from her concertmistress position at her school orchestra. She has also performed in masterclasses taught by, Philippe Graffin, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg and Stefan Jackiw.
The 2014’s NJMTA Young Musician competition and the 2015 Symphony in C Rising Stars Competition Children’s division represent a fraction of Kristy’s numerous accomplishments. Recently, she has been named a 2018 National Young Art merit winner. Her portfolio is rich with a wide range of
experience in competitions, orchestras, and awards. Previously, she placed 3rd in Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition Junior Division, and performed both violin and piano at Carnegie Hall at the American Asian Fine Arts Competition. Her diverse violin achievements have opened doors for her at concert halls such as the Haydn Esterhazy Hall in Austria, the Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, and beyond.