Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “longevity of phrasing”, Washington native and cellist Audrey Chen is a passionate solo and chamber musician dedicated to sharing the music-making process of discovery and collaboration with the rest of the world. She 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, and the Boston-based A Far Cry. She was also recently named a 2022 recipient of the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship.
Audrey’s musical roots began in orchestra, where she served as principal cellist as well as musical ambassador for multiple festival orchestras. As principal cellist of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Audrey has played at the BBC Proms in London, at the Moscow Conservatory and Mariinsky Theatre, and throughout the United States including at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Seiji Ozawa Hall, and Walt Disney Hall. She has also served as principal cellist of the 2018 New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Youth Music Cultural Guangdong Orchestra, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra Academy.
Later on, Audrey began immersing herself more in performing chamber music and advocating for arts education. In 2016, she co-founded the Boston-based Ravos Quartet, an honors ensemble at the New England Conservatory that has conducted an education residency at the Virginia Arts Festival and given over twenty workshops at conservatory charter schools and after-school centers. Audrey also served as co-president of the Brattle Street Chamber Players, a conductor-less string ensemble at Harvard. In 2017, she was awarded an Artist Development Fellowship from Harvard’s Office of the Arts, and in 2018, she was awarded the Arthur Smithies Prize for her contribution to music in Harvard’s Kirkland House community.
Audrey’s many festival appearances as soloist and chamber musician include those at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Tanglewood Music Center, Taos School of Music, and Sarasota Music Festival. She was also the cellist of the Argus Quartet for their 2020-21 season. A graduate of the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, Audrey received her B.A. from Harvard and her M.M. in cello performance from the New England Conservatory the subsequent year. Her principal teachers include Laurence Lesser, Lluis Claret, and Marcy Rosen. Now, she is based in NYC and pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the CUNY Graduate Center. As a teacher and mentor, Audrey is passionate about instilling a friendly and motivational space for her students to be creative and become better communicators and storytellers through music. She enjoys working with students of all ages and providing the technical and artistic tools to empower them within their musical journeys. She is currently on faculty at CUNY Hunter College.