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Betty Chen, First Violin

Violinist Betty Chen has joined the Kansas City Symphony as a new member for the 2016-17 season. Chen has played as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony under Neëme Jarvi, Alastair Willis and Emil de Cou, and in venues such as Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, NJPAC, Jordan Hall, and the Trenton War Memorial. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Chen has joined the Sejong Soloists in tours and recording engagements, and she enjoys collaborating with friends in performing new music, most recently premiering Niccolo Athens’ Piano Trio and Fantasy-Duo with her husband, pianist Sean Chen. She has spent summers at Music Academy of the West, Great Mountains Music Festival, the Holland Music Sessions and Aspen Music Festival, where she was also a three-time recipient of the New Horizons Fellowship. Before joining the Kansas City Symphony, Chen was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and her master’s degree from the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles Fellowship recipient. Her teachers include Naoko Tanaka and Hyo Kang.