Wen-Tso Chen

Wen-Tso began to study violin at the age of ten. Although the age of studying violin is later than many other violinists, it still could not hide her talent in violin. She has won several awards in many competitions, including the first prize at the Taiwan National Music Competition and the Competition of the Festival musical de Kaohsiung in 2008; during 2008- 2012, she has held the “Hsing-Tian Kong (long term) scholarship for Talented students” from the Hsing-Tian Kong cultural and education foundation.

In January 2016, Wen-Tso accomplished her DMA degree at Rutgers University. While staying at Rutgers, she studied with Professor Todd Phillips and received a Fellowship to support her study. In 2012, she completed her Master’s degree at The Boston Conservatory (TBC) with Professor Lynn Chang and received scholarship from TBC. She graduated from the National Tainan University of the Arts, and studied with Yu-Chih Chou, Jean-An Chi, and Hui-Chun Lin.

Wen-Tso also studied and played chamber music with several outstanding teachers and musicians. She was chosen to play the second violin part of Mendelssohn Octet with Josef Silverstein (former concertmaster of BSO), Lynn Chang, Lila Brown, and Andy Mark in 2012. At the same year, she performed a string quartet with friends, and was chosen as the Honors String Quartet at TBC, representing the school on many occasions. In the summer of 2011 and 2012, she was invited as a violin fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and has served as a concertmaster and section violin in the orchestra with many famous conductors. During 2009-2012, she has served as a concertmaster/ principal second at the Hemenway strings (TBC), a second principal at the TBC symphony orchestra, the concertmaster for the TBC opera orchestra, and the guest concertmaster at the Taichung Philharmonic Orchestra.