Mei-Ann Chen

Opus 3 Artists is pleased to announce the signing of dynamic young conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Currently in her third year as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony and her second year as Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, she has infused both orchestras with her energy, enthusiasm and extraordinary artistry, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. In recognition of these accomplishments, the League of American Orchestras granted her the prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award at its 2012 national conference.

Highlights of Ms. Chen’s 2012-13 season include debuts with the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco and Houston as well as appearances with the symphonies of North Carolina, San Diego Symphony, São Paulo in Brazil and Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic. Last season her debuts at the Aspen Music Festival with the Aspen Philharmonia and with the Cincinnati Symphony, where she stepped in on short notice, all resulted in immediate re-engagements during the 2012-13 season. 

In demand as a guest conductor, Mei-Ann Chen has appeared with orchestras across the globe and has led concerts at a number of U.S. music festivals. In 2005 she became the first woman to win the Malko Competition, and in 2007 she received the Taki Concordia Fellowship. 

Fiercely committed to music education, in 2002, Ms. Chen was unanimously selected as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and a model for many youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was also the recipient of a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.

"Chen... [has] helped the players to deliver performances on a higher level than they've been able to show in recent years... The Beethoven sounded as if this were an almost entirely new orchestra... The entire evening gave signs of great things to come for this rare talent and orchestra and their unique joint mission."
Chicago Tribune

"Stunning, just stunning. That was the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's performance of the Tchaikovsky Pathétique Symphony. It came at the hands - and thanks to the intellect, fastidious preparation and sheer passion - of guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen. I can't remember a more gripping performance of the piece." 
Dallas Morning News

“Not all events are both historic and remarkable, but the Memphis Symphony Orchestra pulled off a concert over the weekend that achieved both.  The Copland (Appalachian Spring) was as terrific a performance as the MSO has ever done…a definitive interpretation of the work…With as assured a conductor as Chen at the controls…[Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture was}…an incredibly exhilarating ride.”
Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

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