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Che-Hung Chen, viola

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    Overview

    Violist Che-Hung Chen has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since the spring of 2001, when he was hired by then Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch, becoming the first Taiwanese citizen ever to join the Orchestra. He has also served as acting associate principal viola under former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach.

    Mr. Chen was the first-prize winner at the Seventh Banff International String Quartet Competition as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet; he was also awarded the Pièce de concert prize for the best performance of the commissioned work and the Székely Prize for the best performance of a Beethoven quartet. A three-time top-prize winner at the Taiwan National Instrumental Competition, Mr. Chen began his studies at the age of six with Ben Lin in his native Taipei, and he later entered the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14, where he studied with Joseph dePasquale, retired Philadelphia Orchestra principal viola. Mr. Chen has served as principal viola of the Curtis Symphony and has recently appeared as guest principal viola with the San Diego Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

    An avid chamber musician, Mr. Chen was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, performed on its 50th anniversary concerts in Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall, and took part in several Musicians from Marlboro tours throughout the United States. He has collaborated in chamber music settings with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Miami, Tokyo, and Ying string quartets, and artists such as Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lang Lang, Leonidas Kavakos, and Hilary Hahn. Performing annually at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island, where his wife, pianist Natalie Zhu is the artistic director, Mr. Chen has also participated in such festivals as Ravinia, Caramoor, Saratoga, and Bridgehampton, and Music from Angel Fire.

    Mr. Chen currently serves on the faculty of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and its Preparatory Division, and he has given master classes at the Philadelphia International Music Festival and the Luzern Music Center. He performs on a viola made by Carlo Antonio Testore in Milan, Italy, c. 1756.

    Harold Robinson and Friends

    Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM

    American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    The Program

    Harold Robinson, double bass; TBA, flute; Richard Woodhams, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Juliette Kang, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Edgar Meyer, double bass

    Duos for two double basses TBA
    Schulhoff: Trio for Flute, Viola, and Double Bass
    Prokofiev: Quintet, Op. 39

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    Alan Abel 85th Birthday Concert

    Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    In collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University

    Featuring NEXUS Percussion Ensemble:

    Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger, Garry Kvistad

    Philadelphia Orchestra members:

    Don Liuzzi, Christopher Deviney, Angela Zator Nelson & Anthony Orlando percussion; Hirono Oka, violin; Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Yumi Kendall, cello

    With Guest Artists:

    Alan Abel, percussion/conductor; Pablo Batista, percussion; Rolando Morales-Matos, percussion; Phillip O'Banion, conductor; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Wright: Grand Duo
    Morales-Matos: Day and Night
    Becker: Preludes
    Hartenberger: Cadence
    Becker: Mudra
    Wright: Octet

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    Richard Woodhams, oboe; Juliette Kang, violin; Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Yumi Kendall, cello; Kiyoko Takeuti, piano

    Date: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Crusell: Oboe Quintet, Op. 9
    Loeffler: Rhapsodies
    Tower: Island Prelude
    Françaix: English Horn Quartet

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    Richard Woodhams, oboe; Juliette Kang, violin; Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Yumi Kendall, cello; Allen Krantz, guitar; Don Liuzzi, percussion; Kiyoko Takeuti, piano

    Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Poulenc: Sonata for Oboe and Piano
    LudwigThe Catherine Wheel
    WernickSongs of Joy and Blessing [World Premiere]
    Bolcom: Serenade No. 3 for String Quartet and Oboe, "Serenata Notturna"

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    Ivan Chan, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, December 3, 2007 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    DvoÅ™ák: Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166, "Dumky"
    SchumannFaschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
    DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87, B. 162

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