A native of Taiwan, Dr. Yu-Fang Chen is the Assistant Professor of Music Performance – Violin at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees on both violin and viola performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013. As a sought-after performer and pedagogy, Dr. Chen has been invited to teach and perform at various music festivals, including the Sunflower Music Festival and the Heartland Chamber Music Academy in U.S.A, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, and Thailand International Composition Festival in Salaya, Thailand.
Dr. Chen has won numerous awards and competitions and her career as a performing artist is extensive. Her international performing career has taken her to countries on five continents, and she continues to perform as a guest musician internationally with various concert artists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Her engagements as concerto soloist include works by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Walton, and Tchaikovsky and performances with Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Washburn Symphonic and String Orchestra, and the Philharmonia of Kansas City, etc.
From 2015-2017, Dr. Chen served as an Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Washburn University in Topeka. Additionally, She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Taiwan. After moving to Indiana, she frequently performs with Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Fort Wayne Symphony, and Muncie Symphony as a violinist and/or a violist. She has worked with renowned soloists and conductors, such as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Seiji Ozawa, just to name a few.
In this season, Dr. Chen will be the featured artist for the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, The Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble, the Ball State University Festival of New Music, 2018 Thailand International Composition Festival, etc. As an enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, she has commissioned and premiered many compositions by living composers. Her recording of Dr. Chin Ting Chan’s Shape of Wind for solo violin was published by the ABLAZE in the Records Millennial Masters vol. 7 (2017), and violin duet Thread by Chan will soon be published in the Records Millennial Masters vol. 8.
旅美小、中提琴家陳玉芳，現為鮑爾州立大學小提琴助理教授。2005年於國立台北藝術大學取得學、碩士學位後，獲獎學金赴美國密蘇里大學（堪薩斯分校）攻讀博士，並於2013年取得小、中提琴雙博士學位。曾師事陳任遠、李淑德、譚正、吳孟平、蘇顯達、 Benny Kim 、Jackie Lee、及Scott Lee 教授。並接受許多小、中提琴家之指導，包括 Joseph Silverstein、Tanya Grindaenko、Ida Kavafian、Anne Akiko Meyers、Donald McInnes、陳則言 Brian Chen、Nathan Cole等。