“Masterfully presented the Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony” described by the Leipzig Time.
A prize winner of the prestigious International Malko Conducting Competition, Tong Chen, has quickly established herself as one of the most promising and exciting young conductors in her generation.
Ms. Chen has worked with numerous orchestras across the globe, including Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Besançon Symphony Orchestra (France), Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orhcestra, Richmond Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Orchestra St. Luke’s, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, XiaMen Philharmonic (China) and Shanghai Opera House.
A frequent cover conductor of the New Jersey Symphony and Alabama Symphony, she also worked with the LA Phil from 2009-11. Ms. Chen was chose by Kurt Masur to receive the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 2012. She has participated in the conducting program the Aspen Music Festival and Cabrillo Festival, studying under David Zinman and Marin Alsop. Her main studies were with Gustav Meier at Peabody Conservatory, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and Maurice Peress at Copland School of Music. In 2015, Ms. Chen made her Lincoln Center debut at David H. Koch Theater with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Orchestra St.Luke’s. The season’s highlight includes Tong’s debut with Alabama Symphony Orchestra, MSM Philharmonia and Shanghai Philharmonic. Tong Chen is currently the music director of Yonkers Philharmonic, principal conductor of NASO and assistant professor at Copland School of Music, Queens College this spring.
photographer: Bob Plotkin