“Masterfully presented the Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony” described by the Leipzig Time.
A prizewinner 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 Orchestra, 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 chosen 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 primary 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.
This season’s highlight includes her debut with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; return to LA Philharmonic working with Gustavo Dudamel; assisting Iván Fisher with Budapest Festival Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl. This season marks the 5th anniversary as Music Director of Yonkers Philharmonic orchestra.