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BIOGRAPHY

Praised for her “lyricism of dramatic intensity” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “longevity of phrasing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Washington native and cellist Audrey Chen is forging an exciting solo and chamber music career with a personal mission to promote lesser-known works and impart a passion for chamber music to future generations. She was recently named a 2022 recipient of the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a 2021 recipient of the Baisley Powell Elebash Performance Grant Award.

Audrey has performed at chamber music festivals across the country, including at Yellowbarn, Olympic Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Tanglewood Music Center, Grace Note Farm Festival, Taos School of Music, and Sarasota Music Festival. She was the cellist of the Argus Quartet for their 2020-21 season, where she performed and curated a full-length recorded concert at the Noguchi Museum during the COVID-19 pandemic, taught online workshops to New York City public schools, and worked closely with artists/composers Juri Seo, Paul Wiancko, and Chris Cerrone. Audrey has appeared on NPR’s From the Top Radio Show, concertized with the Seattle Symphony and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and has been featured as a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Silk Road Ensemble, Parker Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Aeolus Quartet, and the Boston-based A Far Cry.

Audrey is a graduate of the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, where she received her B.A. from Harvard in Molecular and Cellular Biology and her M.M. in cello performance from the New England Conservatory under Laurence Lesser and Lluis Claret. Now based in NYC, Audrey is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the CUNY Graduate Center under Marcy Rosen. She is also currently on faculty at CUNY Hunter College, where she has taught A Thousand Years of Listening, an introduction course to music history, and currently coaches chamber music.