Kristy Chen (USA)
Kristy Chen, 17, began playing the violin at the age of 6, and studies with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Hirono Oka. She has performed as a soloist with the Temple University Orchestra, Sinfonietta Nova, the Kennett Symphony and various other orchestras in the Pennsylvania area. She has also performed in masterclasses taught by Ilya Kaler, Philippe Graffin, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Stefan Jackiw, and Qian Zhou as well as quartet masterclasses taught by the Takacs, Borromeo and Johannes Quartets. Her diverse violin achievements have opened doors for her at concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, the Haydn Esterhazy Hall in Austria, and beyond. Most notably, Kristy has been named a 2018/19/20 National YoungArts Foundation Winner.