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02.22.17
Mei-Ann Chen
Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen Leads a Joyous KSO Through an Inspired and Eclectic Program
Knoxville Mercury
01.27.17
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Mei-Ann Chen (Translation)
Sydsvenskan
01.12.17
Mei-Ann Chen, Caroline Goulding
Pure Gold from Caroline Goulding and Santa Rosa Symphony
San Francisco Classical Voice
11.25.16
Mei-Ann Chen
MUSICAL NOTES: LBSO Delights With Familiar Tunes
Gazettes
05.19.16
Mei-Ann Chen
CHICAGO SINFONIETTA SCORES TWO ADDITIONAL SEASONS WITH MUSIC DIRECTOR MEI-ANN CHEN
Chicago Sinfionetta
04.24.16
Mei-Ann Chen
Symphony Review: TSO setting sail into summer
Green Valley News
04.13.16
Mei-Ann Chen
Return of conductor Chen, colorful "Scheherazade" wrap up TSO's season
Arizona Daily Star
12.01.15
Mei-Ann Chen
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen Named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers
Musical America
10.07.15
Mei-Ann Chen
Sinfonietta leaps into a new season
Chicago Tribune
06.09.15
Mei-Ann Chen
Sinfonietta's diversity mission shifts into high gear
Chicago Tribune
11.03.14
Mei-Ann Chen
Critical Acclaim Conducting debut with the Badische Staatskapelle
10.25.14
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: TSO guest conductor surprise hit in extraordinary concert
Arizona Daily Star
05.06.14
Mei-Ann Chen
Sinfonietta re-ups Chen, announces 2014-15 season
Chicago Tribune
03.31.14
Mei-Ann Chen
Joyful conductor impresses ISO, audience, reviewer 
Nuvo.net
03.29.14
Mei-Ann Chen
Late sub for scheduled guest conductor shapes a stirring "Romeo and Juliet" concert by Indianapolis Symphony
Jay Harvey Upstage (blog)
03.08.14
Mei-Ann Chen
CONCERT REVIEW: Sarasota Orchestra presents tour de force under guest conductor Chen
Sarasota Herald Tribune
02.24.14
Mei-Ann Chen
REVIEW: Memphis Symphony Orchestra 'nearly flawless' with Schubert
Commercial Appeal
01.21.14
Mei-Ann Chen
Chicago Sinfonietta debuts JacobTV’s “Mountain Top” for annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute
Chicago Sun-Times
01.20.14
Mei-Ann Chen
The Chicago Sinfonietta Performed a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 19th in Naperville
Naperville Sun
12.01.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Concert review: Guest conductor brings out best in Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Edmonton Journal
10.05.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Classical music review: Fresh, eloquent performances from Mei-An Chen, FWSO
Dallas Morning News
06.10.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Sinfonietta’s season finale a success by any measure
Chicago Sun-Times
05.20.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Memphis Symphony's final Mastersworks concert masterful
The Commercial Appeal
05.10.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Chen honors long-neglected composer
Chicago Tribune
05.10.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen makes an auspicious CSO debut
Chicago Classical Review
05.06.13
Mei-Ann Chen
OPUS 3 ARTISTS SIGNS MEI-ANN CHEN
04.21.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Chicago Sinfonietta superbly explores freedom with oud concerto, rare Dawson symphony
Chicago Sun-Times
04.14.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Performance is Memphis Symphony Orchestra's feel-good event of season
The Commercial Appeal
04.14.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Performance is Memphis Symphony Orchestra's feel-good event of season
The Commercial Appeal
04.05.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Mangan: Chen can't be resisted, and who'd want to?
Orange County Register
03.23.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: CSO concert riffs on concerto theme
Cincinnati Enquirer
03.18.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Memphis Symphony Orchestra Director Scores A Knockout
The Commercial Appeal
03.15.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Chen has Maestro 'Cinderella story'
Cincinnati Enquirer
01.26.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: NC Symphony and Huge Turnout Have Last Laugh on the Weather
Classical Voice North Carolina
01.20.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Chicago Sinfonietta presents a concert fit for King
Chicago Sun-Times
01.13.13
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Symphony, ballet and jookin' line up for triumphant evening in Memphis
The Commercial Appeal
10.24.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Yo-Yo Ma reaches height of artistry at MSO concert
The Commercial Appeal
09.24.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: No waddling for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The Commercial Appeal
09.17.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: MSO concert provides right blend of formal, intimate
The Commercial Appeal
08.11.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Chen, Parker, CSO present positively Olympic performance
The Chautauquan Daily
08.09.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Made in Chautauqua: CSO returns to Gershwin’s Concerto in F with Parker, Chen
The Chautauquan Daily
06.08.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen, Sinfonietta receive top national honors
Chicago Sun-Times
05.21.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: MSO ends Masterworks with bang; Chen elevates orchestra's reputation around country
The Commercial Appeal
05.12.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Naples Philharmonic, with double-threat guests, closes season dramatically
Naples News
04.29.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Mei-Ann Chen returns and shows her gratitude in spirited performance
The Oregonian
04.29.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Audiences in Chicago hearing difference with 'orchestra builder' Mei-Ann Chen
The Commercial Appeal
04.11.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Sarasota Orchestra: Mei-Ann Chen and James Ehnes
YourObserver.com
03.19.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Risk pays off in MSO's 'Rite of Spring' presentation
The Commercial Appeal
03.10.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen, Augustin Hadelich, Naples Philharmonic portend seriously good music
Naples News
02.29.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Classical music: A hit in 2009, Mei-Ann Chen returns to Fort Worth Symphony
Dallas News
02.13.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Romance in air at MSO performance
The Commercial Appeal
02.09.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Preview: Violinist Gil Shaham joins Memphis Symphony on 'Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto'
The Commercial Appeal
02.03.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Alabama Symphony, Mei-Ann Chen combine for electrifying 'Firebird'
Alabama.com
01.30.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen returns to Alabama Symphony for All-Russian program
Alabama.com
01.28.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: A night of firsts as Mei-Ann Chen conducts Colorado Symphony
The Denver Post
01.17.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Chicago Sinfonietta raises the bar on its annual King concert tradition
Chicago Sun-Times
01.17.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Sinfonietta offers a rousing and eclectic MLK birthday program
Chicago Classical Review

Innovation, imagination, passion and dynamism are the hallmarks of conductor Mei-Ann Chen.  Music Director of the 2016 MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, and Artistic Director and Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival since 2016, she is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike. In December 2015, Musical America, the bible of the performing arts industry, named Mei-Ann Chen one of its 2015 Top 30 Influencers A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.

Past performance highlights include leading the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw and major orchestras in Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, as well as symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. 

Among her honors and awards are the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras; First Prize Winner, Copenhagen’s 2005 Malko Competition, and a 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship.

 

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