“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 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, she has also engaged as the cover/assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two seasons. A conducting fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Tong studied with and mentored by David Zinman for two summers. Ms. Chen was chosen by Kurt Masur as the recipient of the 2012 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship in Leipzig. 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, Tong Chen starts her first year as the Music Director of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Tong is based in New York City, teaches conducting and runs the orchestra at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, where she works with her mentor Maestro Maurice Peress.