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Huifang Chen

Huifang Chen

Concertmaster and violinist Huifang Chen performs Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy on April 17-18, 2024.

A dynamic artist from Taiwan and long-time U.S. resident, Huifang Chen enjoys a diverse career as a violinist, educator and conductor.  She has been the Music Director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony since 2008, and in 2022, she was appointed Associate Conductor of South Florida Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has conducted numerous children’s concerts throughout South Florida, including Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Marathon, and Key West, plus multiple pops concerts at John Knox Village, Weston, and Bal Harbour Shops.  
Ms. Chen was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1994 until its disbandment in 2003. She also has served as concertmaster for many orchestras including Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Orchestra Miami, Boca Symphonia amongst others. And in 2023, Ms. Chen was selected as the concertmaster for Andrea Bocelli’s orchestra. 

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As a violin soloist, Ms. Chen has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and New Taoyuan Philharmonic in her native country. She has soloed with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, Dreyfoos Philharmonic Orchestra in West Palm Beach, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and South Florida Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has been an active chamber musician. Since 2021, she has been the key player for South Florida Symphony’s “Summer with the Symphony” chamber concert series and in 2022, she toured Ireland with pianist, Catherine Lan as Duo Formosa.  

Ms. Chen graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where her mentor was violin legend Jascha Brodsky (1907-1997). She was the winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artist award from the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan and also won the 2003 Concerto Competition at the University of Miami where she received a Master’s degree in 2005.  As a recording artist, Huifang has appeared on dozens of award-winning CDs for artists such as the Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada, Shakira and Barbra Streisand. In 2012, she recorded Thomas Sleeper’s Violin Concerto with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, released in 2014 on the Albany Label. Most recently, she was featured as a soloist in John Gottsch’s Princess Yurievskaya, featuring South Florida Symphony Orchestra, and released in 2021 on the Naxos Label.    

As a committed violin pedagogue, many of Chen’s students are frequent winners at both local and international competitions. Many are now attending top music schools such as The Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School and many others are now members of professional orchestras. Ms. Chen teaches violin at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. During the summers, she performs and teaches at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. 

As a recording artist, Ms. Chen appears on dozens of award-winning recordings for artists such as Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada and Barbra Streisand. In 2012, she recorded Thomas Sleeper’s Violin Concerto with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic and the CD of this recording was released in 2014 on the Albany Label. Additionally, she has performed the National Anthem on numerous occasions at Miami Dolphins football games.