Yu-Wen Chou is now a cello section player in Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Chou also teaches at the Taipei Municipal University of Education, the Music Department of Private Chinese Culture University, and the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Shih Chien University and the music program in the Hsinchu Senior High School. She had been to the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University to study cello with the renounced master cellist Stephen Kates.
Chou received her Bachelor degree from Peabody Conservatory. During her studies there, she had received scholarships from the Dean Award and the Asger Hamerik and Sidney Lanier, and studied chamber music with professors Earl Carlyss, Berl Senafsky, and Samuel Sanders. In 1988 and 1989, she received a full scholarship for the “Music Academy of the West” music summer camp in Santa Barbara, California.
In May 1990, Chou graduated with honors. Winning the full teaching assistantship at the same time, she entered the Institute of Music, Washington State University, and studied cello with Christopher von Baeyer. After winning the first honors in a row: first prize of Washington State MTNA-Wurlitzer Collegiate Audition in 1991; first prize of MTNA-Northwest Division in 1992 and Gold Medal of Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival Competition the same year, she was awarded a scholarship in April 1992 and went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the National Competition held by American Music Teachers Association, and gave her outstanding performance.
In May 1992, she obtained her Master of Music Diploma with distinction and won the Gold Medal of the Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival String Artist Competition for string section of the young artists. She also performed Shokstakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to the performance in the orchestra and teaching, she has regularly held many recitals. In June 1998, she was invited to participate in the 30th Anniversary Concert of Kwang Jen Middle School, and in September of the same year, to the chamber music performance at the Asian Composers League Conference & ACL Chamber Music Festival. In 2001, Chou was invited to perform the double concerto by Brahms in a concert named “Beauty of Harmony” held at the Novel Hall with the National Taiwan University of the Arts Orchestra. In March and April 2005, at the invitation of the Private Chinese Culture University and the National Taiwan University of the Arts, with both she performed a concerto respectively at the Taipei National Concert Hall and at the Novel Hall. After participating in the Teachers' Concerts by the invitations of Taipei Municipal University of Education and the Shih Chien University in 2009, she also enjoyed the collaboration with the Private Chinese Culture University to perform a concerto in the spring 2010, along with joinging the program “NSO Music and Beaux Arts, Lecture Concerts”. Through various types of performance, Chou seeks to achieve a higher stature of music performance.