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 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. and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy.
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 Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, South Africa, Estonia, Germany, Finland, France, Italy and the United States, 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.
Dr. Chen served as an Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, from 2015-2017. Additionally, She was a member of the Kansas City Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Taiwan. 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, 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).