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11.07.17
Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen Raises the Bar for Santa Rosa Symphony Conducting Post
San Francisco Classical Voice
10.23.17
Mei-Ann Chen
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen Elicits Impressive Work From Symphony Silicon Valley
San Francisco Classical Voice
05.19.17
Mei-Ann Chen
Chicago Sinfonietta-Marcus Roberts Trio collaboration thrills audience
Rolling Out
05.13.17
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Shouts from the crowd as Marcus Roberts again reinvents 'Rhapsody in Blue'
Chicago Tribune
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
Audiences in Chicago hearing difference with 'orchestra builder' Mei-Ann Chen
The Commercial Appeal
04.29.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Mei-Ann Chen returns and shows her gratitude in spirited performance
The Oregonian
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: Sinfonietta offers a rousing and eclectic MLK birthday program
Chicago Classical Review
01.17.12
Mei-Ann Chen
Review: Chicago Sinfonietta raises the bar on its annual King concert tradition
Chicago Sun-Times

Praised for her dynamic, passionate conducting style, Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing audiences and communities alike. Appointed Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta in 2011 and Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival in 2016, she is highly regarded as a compelling communicator and an innovative leader both on and off the podium. A sought-after guest conductor, she continues to expand her relationships with orchestras worldwide. 

North American guesting credits include appearances with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, National, Nashville, Oregon, Pacific, River Oaks Chamber, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver, to name but a few. Overseas guest engagements include the Symphony Orchestras of BBC Scottish, Denmark's National, Aalborg, Aarhus, and Odense, Sweden's Gävle, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Malmö, and Norrköping, Norway's Trondheim, and Brazil's São Paulo; Finland's Tampere Philharmonic, Austria's Grosses Orchester Graz, Germany's Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Norrlands Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Taiwan Philharmonic, and the National Taiwan and Taipei Symphony Orchestras. Her U.S. summer music festival credits include Aspen, Grant Park, Grand Teton, Ravinia, Texas, and Wintergreen. Future engagements include debuts with Denmark's Copenhagen Philharmonic on a 7-city tour, Germany's Würth Philharmonic, Norway's Oslo Philharmonic, Switzerland's Basel, Turkey's Bilkent, and returns to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its Gala program with Lang Lang, multiple return engagements to Grosses Orchester Graz and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Recognized as someone who has redefined the orchestra experience and as a music educator, amongst Ms. Chen's honors and awards are being named one of the 2015 Top 30 Influencers by Musical America, (the bible of the performing arts industry); 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras; Winner, the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship; and First Prize Winner, the prestigious Malko Competition in 2005. Ms. Chen also is the recipient of several ASCAP awards for innovative programming during her tenure as the Music Director of Chicago Sinfonietta & Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon (2002-2007). Ms. Chen is also Conductor Laureate of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, having served as Music Director from 2010-2016. 

Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen came to the United States to study violin in 1989 and became the first student in New England Conservatory's history to receive master's degrees simultaneously in both violin and conducting. She later studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting. Ms. Chen also participated in the National Conductor Preview, National Conducting Institute and Aspen American Academy of Conducting.

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