- D.M., Indiana University, 2013
- M.M., Indiana University, 1999
- B.M., Indiana University, 1997
Dr. Chih-Yi Chen has been on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2003 and has been part of the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department since its inaugural year, 2016-2017. She has also been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy for more than two decades. Her versatile qualities as a collaborative partner, chamber musician, soloist and teacher have contributed to a distinguished career, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Chen has been performing with International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Laureates since 2003 including 2018 Gold Medalist Richard Lin. She was an official pianist for the 9th and 10th Quadrennial Competitions and was awarded special recognition at the 2018 Competition for “Best Performances” of the Beethoven and Mozart sonatas. She will serve as one of the official pianists again for the 11th Quadrennial in September 2022. Her early work with the talented young violinists of the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi directed by renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig led to performances in France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Japan and throughout the United States.
Among the numerous musicians with whom she has collaborated are violinists Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jaime Laredo, Andrés Cárdenes, Kyoko Takezawa, David Chan, Barnabás Kelemen, Simone Lamsma, Nai-Yuan Hu, Liviu Prunaru, Mihaela Martin, Augustin Hadelich, Clara-Jumi Kang, Soovin Kim, Susie Park, Luke Hsu, Kerson Leong and Svetlin Roussev, violists Atar Arad, Brian Chen and Masumi Per Rostad, cellists Sharon Robinson, Peter Stumpf and Bion Tsang, clarinetists James Campbell and Howard Klug, bassoonist William Ludwig and flutist Thomas Robertello. She has also performed with the Michelangelo, Pacifica, Rubens and Verona string quartets. Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include concert tours with violinists Richard Lin, Luke Hsu and Ioana Cristina Goicea, a series of performances and masterclasses in Taiwan, and a week-long festival of performing and teaching in San Juan, Argentina.
Dr. Chen has served as an adjudicator for competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Instrumental Competitions. As a member of the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society, she was invited to present a lecture titled “Teaching Fundamental Collaborative Skills to Undergraduate Piano Performance Majors” at its annual conference CollabFest in 2021.
Born in Taipei, Dr. Chen received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University where she studied with Lev Vlasenko, and with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, pianist of the Borodin Trio.