“Masterfully presented the Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony” described by the Leipzig Time.
Tong Chen, a protege of late Kurt Masur, a prizewinner of the 2012 Malko Conducting Competition, a recipient of the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship, currently is the assistant conductor of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Born in Shanghai, China, Chen started her career as the assistant conductor of Shanghai Opera house.
Ms. Chen has worked with numerous orchestras across the globe, including Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mikkelin Kaupunginorkesteri, Besançon Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic (China), QingDao Symphony Orchestra and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Ms. Chen made her Lincoln Center debut at David H. Koch Theater with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Tong has participated in the conducting program at 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 she received a Graduate performance diploma and a master degree with Maurice Peress at Copland School of Music.
This season’s highlight includes her debut with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic; return to LA Philharmonic working with Gustavo Dudamel; assisting Iván Fisher with Budapest Festival Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl.